Jed Marum | FIGHTING TIGERS OF IRELAND: A US Civil War Collection

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by Jed Marum

In a fine mix of acoustic musical styles; Bluegrass flavored Irish and American folk, this compilation of tracks from live concert and studio recordings presents American Civil War History in song.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fighting Tigers of Ireland
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2. Boys of the Irish Brigade
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3. Pat Murphy of Meagher's Brigade
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4. Down Where the Green Grass Grows
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5. Sweet Ellen Joyce
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6. Ballad of Thomas Higgins
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7. Go Down Moses
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8. Mama's Lily
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9. Sacred Store of the Chickahominy
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10. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
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11. Down by the Riverside
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12. Prayer from Little Round Top
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13. Letter from Lilac Acres
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14. Banks of the Mobile
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The songs in this fine collection are original and traditional. They retell personal tales from North and South. They relate the expectations of Irish, Scottish immigrants, and of African Americans. And they reprise the faith of a nation, torn as it was by this great Civil War. The album\'s CD liner notes provide important background information for each of the songs, including historical context and bibliographical reference.

Jed Marum is a featured performer at Folk, Bluegrass and Celtic venues throughout North America.

Jed is known as a superb singer, a refined musician and a gifted songwriter. A warm and comfortable showman, Marum weaves a cheerful thread of hope through his performance with humor and history.

Tracks from his previous Boston Road Record releases are regularly heard on radio airwaves around the world, including two months of the \"Most Played Artists\" for SOUL OF A WANDERER in 2002 on the Folk-DJ-List and the #25 most played single track in Ireland, for the year 2001 for his recording of GRACE, on his first album STREETS OF FALL RIVER. His music has been licensed for use by TV, film and other recordings artists.

Jed Marum has a strong and distinct guitar-style that is powerful, percussive and musical. He is an accomplished banjo and harmonica player as well, and he creates a delightful blend of string sounds together on his recordings and in his live performances. Folk music producer, Paul Mills said, \"Jed is a fabulous singer who knows how to communicate a lyric. He writes songs with great melodies and can skillfully interpret them as well as works by other artists.\" Judith Gennet of Green Man Reviews said of Jed\'s music, \"You can hear the Folk in the Celtic and the Celtic in the Folk!\"

In his recent travels, Jed has been performing at several of the nation\'s biggest festivals, including The North Texas Irish Festival, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Sperryville VA Civil War Days, Mississippi Scottish Games, British Isles Festival of Ohio, Texas Scottish Festival and many more.

The following review was written by Nicky Rossiter, host for a radio series on Ireland\'s South East Radio and published in RAMBLES, A Cultural Arts Magazine. Nicky also writes on local history and general interest for numerous newspapers, magazines and journals in Ireland.

Jed Marum,
Fighting Tigers of Ireland
(Boston Road, 2004)

Jed Marum has a confident knack of taking the history of Ireland and the United States of America, combining them with music and creating some mini-epics. This CD, subtitled A U.S. Civil War Collection, does on a single CD a task similar to the great PBS television series on the war.

Many of the tracks are new compositions, but Marum also includes a few traditional songs that dovetail very neatly into the story.

The CD opens with the title track from Marum\'s pen. It is a live recording and is a fitting opener.

Marum credits research by David Kincaid on the tracks \"Boys of the Irish Brigade\" and \"Pat Murphy of Meagher\'s Brigade.\" The former is an excellent song from the tradition that uses imagery from ancient Troy. This is an indicator of the fact that classical texts were often used in the hedge schools of Ireland.

Although the CD is titled as Irish, our Scots cousins are included. This is especially well defined on an excellent new song, \"Down Where the Green Grass Grows.\" It tells a tale of a young man -- one of so many -- as he writes to a sweetheart on the night before marching away to battle. It is sad to remember that over a century later there are still young and not so young men and women writing similar letters.

The feeling of euphoria that fills people at the start of wars is captured to great effect in \"Sweet Ellen Joyce.\" Here an 18-year-old gives a sprightly song expecting it to be over soon. Fifty odd years later in 1914, young men would express similar thoughts: \"It\'ll be over by Christmas.\" Sadly, it seldom is, and we seldom learn.

Jed Marum is obviously extremely well read on the period as his songs are usually based on memoirs or letters from the war. \"Mama\'s Lily\" is a case in point, based on a true story from William McCarter\'s tale, \"My Life in the Irish Brigade.\" The lyrics and their vision of deaths of civilians or collateral damage cannot fail to move the listener.

He is brilliant in the way he finds the personal in the epic tale. \"Prayer from Little Round Top\" unites the Great Famine in Ireland and the U.S. Civil War to show how the natural disaster in Europe often provided fodder for the man-made disaster in America.

In 14 tracks, Jed Marum brings us back to a traumatic period in American history and relates it to the natives of a green island thousands of miles away. Listening to this album in 2004, you must think on the futility of fighting. It relates a vast period in history to the individual, just as the bullet relates to an individual, not a state.

- Rambles
written by Nicky Rossiter
published 29 May 2004


There are a few short video clips available at if you search on Jed Marum you\'ll find them.


There is a CONTACT page at Jed Marum\'s website if you wish to communicate with him for any reason. Please click on \"\" link in the LINKS list at the lower, left of this page. We typically reply to all messages within 48 hours.



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Jennifer CSB

It was so good that I had to buy two!
I play civil war music with a small group of musicians and we recently started to play a few of Jed Marum's songs -- so I just had to buy the Fighting Tigers cd! Wonderful music with a real feel for the era.


The Civil War era produced lots of memorable songs. We all know most of the more common ones. This was like a breath of fresh air. It was new (to me) sounded very authentic and not commercialized as so many of them are. It was a truly enjoyable experience. Many thanks.

Charles K

Great CD - I can't wait for the next one!
I love this CD. There are some really moving original songs, some fine renditions of some old songs and half the record is from a live show! Jed is a super musician with a wonderful voice. The stories keep faith with history and bring some heroes of the era back to life. I especially love "Mama's Lily" - a deeply moving story about a little girl killed accidentally during the shelling of a West Virginia town. This is a great CD - I can't wait for the next one!

Gerard Mayers

Phenomenal album from a very talented performer
This album is one of my favorites in the entire Civil War music area, including those albums from groups such as the Second South Carolina String Band. The title track grabs you with the power of its verbal imagery; the song "Down Where the Green Grass Grows" uses creative lyrics to express the hope, as does the song "Sweet Ellen Joyce", of a young soldier that he and his love, as he leaves to go to war, will see each other again. The song, "Mama's Lilly", when I first heard it, brought a lump to my throat and tears in my eyes, knowing it is an entirely true incident.

Just about all the songs on this album are favorites, but I find myself, in addition to the titles mentioned above, repeatedly playing "Sacred Store of the Chickahominy" and "Prayer from Littoe Round Top".

This album is well worth every penny!

ken howard

fighting tigers of Ireland
Enjoyed this CD immensely from the viewpoint of folk music and historical mood music and with an eye for Irish heritage...all these levels and more from one singer!

Andy Mowatt

Superb! Great change from contemporary songs
I enjoyed listening to this CD very much. It was a pleasant change from the usual traditional songs and music.

JC Shepard

Beyond Cold Mountain
Jed Marum puts together a top notch collection of Civil War era ballads that goes far beyond the music of Cold Mountain. Title Track starts out strong, and mixes through live and re-releases, north and south, saints and sinners. I especially appreciate The Ballad of Thomas Higgins, for both the melody and the verse.


Great Music- It Captures the Feel of the Period
I simply love this CD. As a civil war reenactor I find that it captures the feel of the time period- great songs that you want to sing along with!

PK Murphy

Jed Marum's beautiful and haunting songs bring my family history alive for me.
Fighting Tigers of Ireland has brought a good chunk of my family's history alive for me, most beautifully and hauntingly. As he sings, in the midst, I can make out my kin.


I like 'em all, but Track 6, the Ballad of Thomas Higgins, is great. Anybody else recognize the same good old tune Bob Dylan used for "With God on Our Side"?
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