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The Musical History Tour: Songs & Dance Tunes of the Early American Frontier

by Heritage

Heritage captures the 'handmade' music of early America, featuring the ballads and toe-tapping dance tunes that livened up social gatherings at backwoods campfires, frolics and barn raisings along the expanding frontier.
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
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1. St. Anne's Reel/Liberty
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2. Old French
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3. Rosin the Bow
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4. Leather Britches/Ebenezer
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5. Gum Tree Canoe
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6. Sally Ann
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7. Coming Through the Canebreak/Mississippi Sawyer
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8. Shenandoah
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9. Cuffy/Turkey in the Straw
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10. Flop-Eared Mule/Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine
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11. Gentle Maiden/Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow
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12. Golden Vanity
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13. Soldier's Joy
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14. Damon's Winder/Yellow Barber
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15. Wayfaring Stranger
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16. Greensleeves/Manitoulin Thunder
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Heritage captures the music of early America, featuring the ballads and toe-tapping dance tunes that livened up social gatherings in the backwoods and along the expanding frontier. Using authentic arrangements and instrumentation of fiddle, banjo, guitar, whistle, spoons and other percussion implements, this trio reintroduces the 'handmade' music of the 18th and early 19th centuries to a 21st century audience.

These ballads and fiddle tunes enriched the lives of explorers, fur traders, hunters, pioneers and homesteaders as they pushed westward across North America. The arrangements represent the instruments commonly available at the time: fiddle, guitar, banjo, and percusion devices of some kind, often household utensils, such as wooden spoons and washboard. As you listen to the music, imagine sitting by a remote campfire, or on a remote front porch, or attending a frolic or barn raising on the early American frontier when instrumentation may have been limited to fiddle, four-string banjo and a pair of wooden spoons.

The Heritage trio is dedicated to perpetuating this rich musical tradition. Known as traditional or old-time music, the recording features folk songs and sea chanteys from the 18th and early 19th centuries, including Rosin the Bow, The Gum Tree Canoe, Shenandoah, Golden Vanity, and Wayfaring Stranger, as well as fiddle and minstrel tunes of that era, including St. Anne's Reel, Old French, Leather Britches, Cuffy, Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow, Damon's Winder, Yellow Barber and Grasshopper Sittin’ on a Sweet Potato Vine.

Shenandoah is a 19th century folk song dedicated to Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who joined Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery in 1805 and saved the expedition from a potential massacre. Old French is a French-Canadian tune dedicated to Pierre Cruzatte, the one-eyed fiddler with the Corps of Discovery and who shot Meriwether Lewis in the buttocks after mistaking him for an elk.

The album also spotlights an original composition by Larry Edwards. Titled Manitoulin Thunder, the fiddle tune carries on the tradition of toe-tapping dance music from a bygone era.

The group, which dresses in period outfits, includes Larry 'Friar' Edwards, fiddle and vocals; Chuck 'Strummer' Preble, guitar, banjo, mandolin, flutes and vocals; and Mike 'Hat Man' Robinson, spoons, washboard, tambourine and vocals. They have been performing together since 1999.

Produced by Heritage and recorded at Friar's Roost.

Arrangements © 2011, Chuck Preble and Larry Edwards; Manitoulin Thunder © 2001, Larry Edwards

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