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Revolution on the River

by The Hudson River Ramblers

Authentic, traditional songs AND stories from The Revolutionary War in the Hudson River Valley.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Yankee Doodle
2:45 album only
2. Sybil's Revered Ride
7:52 album only
3. Soldier, Will You Marry Me
1:52 album only
4. The Scourge of the Highlands
5:13 album only
5. The Riflemen of Bennington
1:54 album only
6. Remember Jane McCrea!
4:48 album only
7. The Battle of Saratoga
6:20 album only
8. The Bitter Pill
3:45 album only
9. The Battle of Stony Point
1:58 album only
10. The Spy
4:59 album only
11. Treason of the Darkest Dye
7:24 album only
12. The Gathering Storm
6:28 album only
13. Follow Washington/A Toast
1:41 album only
14. Doodle Dandy
1:43 album only


Album Notes
"A GREAT way to learn about those bloody times!"
- Pete Seeger

***"Revolution on the River" has recently (Nov.'01)been selected as the "BEST CD of 2001" by Hudson Valley Magazine!

"A remarkable collaboration .... a gem in a jewelcase!"
- Thomas Hughes, Site Manage, Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, NY

"I have enjoyed listening to your CD" - Dr. James Johnson, PhD., retired Colonel and former head of History Dept. at West Point

"Revolution on the RIver" is a unique collection of 14 authentic stories and songs about the Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley! During the war, the Hudson River was considered strategically crucial by both sides, and this recording examines the reasons why that was.
You will hear about the Battle of Saratoga, considered to be the "turning point" of the war, the story of Benedict Arnold's betrayal (which almost lost the war!),the victory at Stony Point by Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne, the Paul Revere-like ride by a 16 year old girl, the murder of another young woman that became a colonial rallying cry, Washington's suppression of an attempt by his officers to stage a coup and make him king, and much more!!!

Folk Balladeer Rich Bala and Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk first got together as "The Hudson River Ramblers" in 1990. Since then, they've been "rambling" through the villages and valleys along the Hudson River, performing the region's tunes, tales, and traditions.

Besides their work together, Rich and Jon also maintain individual careers in their own discpline as well. Rich performs authentic, traditional folk songs of the region as a solo performer, and also with multi-instrumentalist Tom White as "The Barefoot Boys". Rich has 2 solo recordings, and 2 with "The Barefoot Boys", which are also available here on CDBaby!

Jonathan Kruk has been called as "intrepid storyteller" by the NY Times, and usually performs over 300 shows a year! He can be found at schools, libraries, historic sites, museums, rennaisance festivals, and has appeared on PBS and The Travel Channel.



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Nancy Morgan

This is it! The link to the past through the voices of the Ramblers!!!!
This CD came into our hands at the Rondout Museum quite by chance. Looking for anything to do about Major John Andre, this CD not only had the Ballad of Andre, but has a flavor
that takes any enthusiast of the revolution back to the days when stories were history unfolding before the patriots eyes, and before the teary eyes of the defeated Brits! Awesome, must have, must play for others to say the least.

Jeanne Devin

Bringing history to life for those who don't like history.
I happen to have loved American history in high school, and especially liked studying the Revolution and other wars we fought. But many of my classmates found it boring, if not difficult, to keep track of all the generals and all the battles, and the names and details of important events. But who doesn't like a good story told well or put to music? The singing here may not always sound professional, but then it's not supposed to be. The songs are as authentic as one would expect them to have sounded around a campfire, and the story-telling is superb. If there had been more recordings like that of the Hudson River Ramblers for every period of our history, I'd bet that almost all of us would have passed our courses with flying colors that would have made even Yankee Doodle proud.

Tracy Gourlay

Revolution on the River ~ I enjoyed listening to both songs and stories! It was entertaining and educational!
It is a great CD to have in the classroom for those that are studying the revolutionary war of the United States.
I would like to hear more songs and stories from The Hudson River Ramblers.