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The Journey - 2015 - QFP-0060
‘The Journey’ - The debut album of EMORY LESTER & JILL JONES, is the culmination of the sweet captivating voice and musical artistry of Newfoundland vocalist / songwriter Jill Jones, along with vocalist / world-renowned mandolin virtuoso Emory Lester. Showcasing original compositions by Jill as well as a selection of comtemporary bluegrass songs, this collection will be a wonderful addition to the libraries of acoustic music listeners.

Jill Jones - lead/harmony vocals, guitar
Emory Lester - lead/harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle, bass  


  1. Love Me Just A Little
  2. Run Away Sally Ann
  3. Something Out Of Nothing
  4. Fire On The Kettle
  5. A Good Man
  6. Unexpected
  7. Song For A Winter's Night
  8. The Journey
  9. Don Quixote
  10. I Don't Park My Car In Memphis
  11. Wildfire
  12. Fare Thee Well

At Dusk - 2013 - QFP-0500
‘At Dusk’ - a time of the day that is peaceful and reflective, with feelings of heartfelt emotion, is captured in this brand new recording of fine acoustic mandolin-featured music.

Emory Lester’s unique mandolin style and sound are showcased like never before in this all-new instrumental collection. Sailing through colorful and dreamy versions of some of his best compositions, and a fresh and new rendition of the traditional song ‘Going Across the Sea’, Emory’s mandolin sings with a beautiful voice, with trademark clarity, tone and lyrical-inspired creativity.

Emory also pays homage to two of his longtime new acoustic inspirations, Darol Anger and Tony Rice, and features a solo mandolin rendition of peter Maunu’s new age composition ‘Cheyenne’.

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  1. Going Across the Sea
  2. Overland
  3. The Great Chase
  4. At Dusk
  5. Headin' South
  6. Twilight on the Waves
  7. Cactus Pass
  8. Distant Teardrops
  9. Whoa Baby Every Day I Wake Up With the Blues
  10. Cheyenne
  11. Megatones

Reminiscing Today - 2009 - QFP-030
Emory Lester’s passion for colorful music shines brightly in this, his finest work to date. Complete with his most creative compositions, Emory’s strong, clear and lyrically inspired mandolin style sails through each track, which features songs of full acoustic instrumentation as well as solo mandolin, with two vocal performances by Emory of Graem Miles ‘Shepherd on the Hill’ and Al Stewart’s ‘Timeless Skies’.

Emory introduces the debut of his two sons, Justin and Josh, on bass and guitar respectively, who joined their father on several original instrumentals on this project. 


  1. Hogwallow Flats Sound Bite wma
  2. Reminiscing Today Sound Bite mp3
  3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Sound Bite mp3
  4. Shepherd on the Hill Sound Bite mp3
  5. Front Royal
  6. Run for the Blue Sound Bite wma
  7. Kuterevka
  8. In This Space Sound Bite mp3
  9. Fantasy
  10. Timeless Skies
  11. Home Sweet Home
  12. June Appal
  13. Hogwallow Flats (reprise)

CRUISIN' THE 8 - 2002 - Quiet Fire Productions QFP-011
'Cruisin' the 8' has become a landmark recording for Emory. In this collection, he has crafted some new instrumentals, and covered the entire acoustic spectrum from bluegrass, to jazz, to new age compositions - all in one CD. He tracked most of the instruments himself, including mandolin, guitar, violin, banjo, piano, acoustic bass, mandola, baritone violin, 12-string guitar, synthesizer, and percussion. Guest appearances by Mark Johnson, Mike Munford, brother Dale Lester, and George Hodgkiss.
  1. Cruisin' The 8 Sound Bite mpg
  2. Echinacea
  3. Mountain Air
  4. Salt Creek Revisited Sound Bite mpg
  5. King's Quest Sound Bite mpg
  6. Impressions
  7. So What
  8. Paul Barfoot's Breakdown
  9. Autumn Blue
  10. Billy In The Claw Ground
  11. Emo-Tion
  12. Steel Driver Sound Bite mpg
  13. Till The Next Time

THE EMORY LESTER SET - 1994 - Northumberland NRCD-025
Marion Linton, Allan Gorman, Kene Hyatt and Emory Lester definitely made their mark on new acoustic music with their first band effort, filled from one end to the other with cutting edge playing, original material, fantastic interplay and energy not often heard in this genre of music. Like the incredible level of energy at their concerts, this project captures all the power and subtle nuances of this group, and is still making waves as listeners from many other genres of music are discovering it.
  1. Headin' South .ra 227k
  2. Massanoga
  3. Mexican Moon
  4. Forever True .ra 201k
  5. Smell the Coffee
  6. 3 in the Side
  7. Waltz for C.C. .ra 225k
  8. Gingerbread Boy
  9. Even Steven
  10. Greetings
  11. Nighthawks
  12. Firm Roots
  13. Waltz for C.C. (Reprise)

MARGIE - 2001 - Pete Milano - Rhinestone Rooster Records
This project was recorded by Pete Milano & Shaw Brothers Bluegrass Band. It contains a selection of songs that represent the traditional Bluegrass sound that combines high energy, vocal and instrumental ability along with the spirit of the masters who originated the music. Emory and Pete have worked together during the past 20 years but had never recorded together until this project. Emory's virtuosity is again demonstrated with some very tasteful twin mandolin work on a few songs.
  1. She's no Angel Sound Bite
  2. Stumbling Stones Sound Bite
  3. Cheap Love Affair
  4. Whose Shoulder will you Cry On
  5. Cry from the Cross
  6. A few More Seasons
  7. Margie
  8. Somewhere Between
  9. The Waters so Cold
  10. Mothers Prayer
  11. God Gave You to Me
  12. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  13. Say Won't you Be Mine

CHRISTMAS CAROLS - 2005 - Quiet Fire Productions QFP-020
Just in time for a joyous holiday season, this brand new release of traditional Christmas music is destined to become a beloved part of the Holiday season. An instrumental collection of traditional carols performed by mandolinist / multi-instrumentalist Emory Lester, is sure to unveil the happy and wonderful atmosphere of Christmas, and become a wonderful gift for any acoustic music fan. The musical tones are thick, the musical colors are vibrant, and the Christmas spirit is sure to flourish with 'Christmas Carols'.....Includes creative mandolin versions of 'Carol of the Bells', 'O Come O Come Immanuel', as well as beautifully traditional versions of 'The Coventry Carol', 'We Three Kings of Orient Are', and many others....

  1. We Three Kings Of Orient Are Sound Bite mpg
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear
  3. Silent Night Sound Bite mpg
  4. The Coventry Carol Sound Bite mpg
  5. The First Noel
  6. Carol Of The Bells Sound Bite mpg
  7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  9. Angels We Have Heard On High
  10. O Come, O Come Immanuel Sound Bite mpg
  11. O Holy Night

Acoustic Rising - 2006 - Bangtown CD3
Mark Johnson and Emory Lester have long been revered as roots music super pickers. Here, with the follow up release to the highly praised Acoustic Campaign project, we present them at their best. Johnson, one of the finest Banjo stylists in the world and Lester, a mandolin master and guitar great, combine their talents to create a project that is urban and archaic, antiquated and modern. With their own takes on traditional fiddle tunes, British Isle ballads and original compositions, these two flat picking greats have created an emotion filled CD. With high praises from Ricky Skaggs, who offers detailed liner notes, along with the respect from the upper echelon of traditional music players, it is easy to see how Acoustic Rising will was a very important release for 2006.
Out of Print


  1. Cold Creek March
  2. Cold Frosty Morning
  3. Girl From The North Country
  4. Katie Weeks
  5. Ashfields & Brine
  6. Big Sciota
  7. Denbrae
  8. John Wilkes Booth
  9. Down To The River To Pray
  10. Wagon Line
  11. Timberline
  12. Monroe's Hornpipe
  13. Eileen O'neill

PALE RIDER - 1993 - Vamp VMP-EL200
This widely acclaimed project has drawn rave reviews the world over, and still continues to make waves amongst pickers to this day. Joined by stellar sidemen Tony Trischka, Ray Legere, Slavek Hanzlik, Kene Hyatt, and Andy Thompson, this all-instrumental project showcases Emorys mandolin playing and songwriting in a bluegrass and new acoustic music setting.
Out of Print
  1. Pale Rider Sound Bite
  2. Rattlesnake
  3. Forked Deer
  4. At Dusk Sound Bite
  5. Mandograss Medley Sound Bite
  6. Cactus Pass
  7. Neon Street
  8. Alone
  9. Lady Be Good
  10. Front Royal
  11. Little France Sound Bite

ACOUSTIC CAMPAIGN - 2002 - Bangtown CD2
The Mark Johnson and Emory Lester initial debut project has received great reviews and attention throughout the bluegrass and acoustic music community. This project features Emory's guitar, mandolin and vocals along with Mark's uniquely creative style of banjo playing, and a wide ranging selection of traditional acoustic music, featuring many of Mark's latest compositions.
Out of Print
  1. Foggy Dew
  2. Mosby's Rangers Sound Bite mpg
  3. Forked Deer Sound Bite mpg
  4. Heartbroken Sound Bite mpg
  5. Red Mud
  6. Cherokee Shuffle
  7. Jerusalem's Ridge Sound Bite mpg
  8. Marching Through Georgia
  9. Three Days Out Of Omaha
  10. Hey God
  11. Soldier's Joy
  12. Mother Banjo



Additional recordings featuring Emory Lester

Jimmy Gaudreau - In Good Company - CMH CD 8983

Chris Sexton - Coffee At Midnight - Pinecastle PRC6509

Maple Creek with Emory Lester - One Good Reason - MCR393

Sally Love & Gary Ferguson - Our Old Home - Eureka Recordings ER017

Yates Brothers - It's Never Really Over - FRC-668-CD

Keith Arneson & Wayne Taylor - The Pathway Home - Crabgrass Records CGR-0201

Mandolin Artistry Vol. 1 The Young Mando Monsters - Vamp VMP-0100

Emory Lester - The Great Chase - Rodeo RLP5-8027

Emory Lester - Jerusalem Ridge - Sharlin NR-14908

Emerson & Newton - A Foot In The Past, A Foot In The Future - Pinecastle PRC-1074

Bill Emerson - Banjo Man - Pinecastle WEB-0151

Mike Henderson - Silver Lining - Copper Creek CCCD-0162

The Dick Smith / Mike O'Reilly Band - New Era NE-CD-100

The Orchard Sessions - 93 BGC 103

Mike Stevens - Harmonica - C4004

Narada Wilderness Collection - Narada ND-63905

Earthen Sky - Northumberland NRCD-001

Emory Lester - Mando-Motion - Sharlin NR-17213

The Francois Vola Group - Old World, New World - RDC FVG-1002

Babik Reinhardt / Francois Vola - A Night In Conover - RDC 40060.2

Humphrey Go-Cart - Live Bait - RDRCD-878

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