More about Folkfire:
...(Hartka) emotes a passion worthy of a symphony orchestra
Hartka evokes the natural world in the hidden intricacies of folk song
...Lulls the listener into the type of trance one might enter while
watching the sun rise over a misty foliage-filled New England morning.
- Adrienne Berard, Daily Hampshire Gazette
"Nana" a spare study in loneliness allows a clear view of Hartka's special
gifts: a restrained intensity and a passion for precision that never
imposes itself upon he music, or succumbs to the temptation to show off...
...The atmosphere is charged with risk and devil-may-care insouciance, the
colors vermilions and blacks...
...all misty cloud covered longing, the deeply ardent English soul singing
it's love songs to nature in wraps, under the dignity of great restraint
and nobility. Yet, through all of its tender restraint, you want nothing
but to weep
...Asturiana is a dark-voiced lament, exquisitely rendered by Hartka...
- Joseph Marcello, The Greenfield Recorder
The whole CD is one hour long but longer in after-image in sound and
quiet. There's a generosity of spirit in all the performances — it invites
us in and then sets us free.
- Patrice Maynard Renewal Magazine