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Al Beck - From Risque to Ribald: Folk Songs and Stories

by Al Beck

Time to gather around the campfire with good friends. These American folk songs and stories are meant to be sung and heard under a cool night sky, glowing with memories and starlight. Learn more about folk singer Al Beck (1931-2018) in the notes below.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Rock My Soul
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2. Children's Songs - Nobody Loves Me
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3. More Children's Songs
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4. Life's Lessons
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5. Group Sing - Tee Roo
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6. Drinking Songs - British Pub Songs
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7. On Top of Spaghetti
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8. Old Jim G
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9. Risin' Fire
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10. Mississippi River Flood
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11. Love Songs - I Know Where I'm Goin'
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12. Ida Red
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13. Banks of the Ohio
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14. Soldier, Soldier
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15. Movin' On
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16. Trouble-Free Traveler
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17. When I'm on My Journey
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18. Chickory Chick (2016)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Al Beck (1931-2018) collected and sang American folk songs for decades. A visual artist, teacher, poet, cook, and hearty raconteur, he recorded this self-released album in 1998, accompanying himself on the banjo. In the mid-1950s, Al toured France as an American folksinger on behalf of the U.S. Information Service while he also attended both the Sorbonne and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, earning a Certificate from the Sorbonne in 1957. Al spent his summers in the 1960s-70s as the Director of the Waterfront at Camp Taconic in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, but evenings there often found him singing many of these same folk songs heard on this recording. After his move to Quincy, Illinois and his home in rural Missouri he dubbed Rocky Hollow, audiences could catch his performances at local arts festivals, hootenannies, and at his home around the dinner table. His love of folk music led him to compose his own songs, some of which he included in this recording: "Life's Lessons", "Old Jim G.", "Risin' Fire", "Mississippi River Flood", and "Trouble-Free Traveler". These newly-written folk songs provide testimony to his love for the genre and his creative energy. Al sings these songs by turns with fervent joy, romantic longing, heartfelt sorrow, and a love of life - join him around the campfire and enjoy some wonderful American music.

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