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First Pickins

by The Huckleberry Brothers

Authentic Civil War period camp band of experienced reenactors from North Carolina performs minstrel and traditional songs and tunes blending vocal and instrumental harmonies. Only faithful reproductions of authentic mid-19th-century instruments are used.
Genre: Folk: Minstrel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sail Away Ladies
3:06 $0.99
2. Old Joe Clark / Soldier's Joy
4:28 $0.99
3. Yellow Rose of Texas
3:18 $0.99
4. Camptown Races
2:51 $0.99
5. Boatman Dance
4:25 $0.99
6. Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
4:19 $0.99
7. Turkey in the Straw
3:36 $0.99
8. Battle Cry of Freedom
3:48 $0.99
9. Marching Through Georgia
4:35 $0.99
10. Miss McLeod's Reel / Liberty
3:39 $0.99
11. Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine / Old 1812
3:44 $0.99
12. Rosin the Beau
4:58 $0.99
13. I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land
6:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Headquartered in the rural coastal plains of eastern North Carolina, the Huckleberry Brothers band was formed to explore our interest in the traditional and popular music of mid-19th century America after meeting as American Civil War reenactors.

The Huckleberry Brothers formed in 2002 with three members as a result of meeting as American Civil War military reenactors with an interest in mid 19th Century music. The group now has seven members. The Huckleberry Brothers not only play in camp and for dances during Civil War reenactments in North Carolina and surrounding states, but also performs at living history presentations, period balls, and for various functions at the North Carolina State Capitol and various NC State Historic Sites.

Individually or as a group, the Huckleberry Brothers have played at historical events from New Hampshire to Florida.

The instrumentation includes 5-string banjo, fiddle, guitar, concertina, tin whistle, bones, and tambourine. Our goal is to research and perform the minstrel and old time styles of music in a way that is faithful to the original form. The music is composed of songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes from the 1700’s through 1865.

We can be seen performing at reenactments, living history presentations, period dances, and other events. The Huckleberry Brothers will be found entertaining and educating the public throughout the day as well as playing for the participants at a dance or around the campfire. The music on our CD represents some of our favorites songs and tunes and is what you would hear should you camp with us. As the soldiers did then, we entertain ourselves and our friends in camp with songs, dances, and infinite tomfoolery. Our goal is to research and perform the minstrel and old-time styles of music, particularly of North Carolina, in a way that is faithful to the original forms. The sound of the fiddle and banjo is a quintessential American pairing, and the addition of more instruments and percussion creates the varied and vibrant sound that transformed folk music into the foundations of American popular music.

t is our goal that our involvement in "The Huckleberry Brothers" and this music will provide even more fun and realism to historical and musical events. We have noticed one thing in particular -- this kind of music draws a crowd, and it seems to attract folks who are our kindred spirits.



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Jean Marie

Lots of Fun
In the interest of full disclosure, I should state that I'm Bryant's daughter. Yes, that's my Dad acting silly on "Rosin the Beau." These folks have a great time when they get together, and the CD First Pickins really captures that energy. There are a lot of catchy tunes on this CD! "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" is a special little jewel, and I think of Edd Little Sr. every time I hear it. A musicologist could find no fault with the authenticity of this recording, but most importantly this band makes this music live.