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Cross Over The River: A Confederate Collection

by Jed Marum

Winner of the 2009 Traditional Folk Album of the Year Award by JP Folk Music Awards. Celtic Americana with Appalachian folk bluegrass roots.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Monaghan's Lament
3:32 $0.99
2. John Brown's Dance
3:06 $0.99
3. One Bloody Friday
3:42 $0.99
4. Shenandoah
5:02 $0.99
5. The Shenandoah's Run
3:15 $0.99
6. Cindy
2:15 $0.99
7. Cross Over the River
3:26 $0.99
8. Stonewall of the West
4:06 $0.99
9. Come Back Katy
2:18 $0.99
10. Buckland Races
2:16 $0.99
11. Hard Times
3:11 $0.99
12. After the Dance
4:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album WON the Traditional Folk Album of the Year Award in the Traditional Folk category - in the 2009 Just Plain Folks (JP Folk) Music Awards.

The JP Folk Music Award is by far the largest music award program in the world. The 2009 Music Awards judged over 42,000 albums and 560,000 songs in various categories.

This album was also nominated for the Southern Heritage Award, 2008!


This is a Confederate collection from the American Civil War period; Confederate History in Song. This is the second in a series of Civil War albums from Jed Marum. The songs are mainly original from the personal stories of Southern history, but some favorites of the era are included as well, including some unusual and here-to-for unknown lyrics from the period. The instruments are all acoustic-style; guitars, banjo, banjola, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle and button accordion.

Jed's first collection of Civil War songs is called FIGHTING TIGERS OF IRLEAND and is also available on CDBaby. FIGHTING TIGERS has songs from Union, Confederate and African American stories; American Civil War History in song.


The following review was written by Nicky Rossiter, radio DJ/host for Ireland's South East Radio. Nicky also writes on local history and general interest for numerous newspapers, magazines and journals in Ireland.

Cross Over the River
Release August 2006 Cat No. BRR062
By Jed Marum on Boston Road Records

"Marum gives us history in song and music that is every bit as powerful and awe-inspiring as the television series Civil War. He has a wonderful facility for taking these stories of the ordinary people and the big events and making them real. His use of personal papers and poetry from the period is exceptional. He never forgets his Irish roots or the often underestimated contribution of the Irish to that conflict."

"The album opens with ‘Monaghan’s Lament’ about an Irish born colonel from New Orleans. Most of us only know William Quantrill from the film about his raiders. On the track ‘One Bloody Friday’ we hear a fictional view of the Lawrence Massacre as he might have delivered it. Marum uses the traditional music of the period to great effect by adding extra verses to elucidate the story. This is particularly effective ‘Shenandoah’. He gives us a spirited rendition of ‘Cindy’ a song of the period that is rather poignant as we remember that in the midst of war such popular ditties were composed and sung and people tried to live ordinary lives. He includes a new song in a similar vein ‘Come Back Katy’ to reinforce this message of the non-fighting periods of the war. Getting back to the war he uses the dying words of Stonewall Jackson as the chorus on a wonderful track, ‘Cross Over the River’. You can almost taste the powder in the air and see the tranquil scene after a battle with still water and mist. In the best tradition of folk music he sets his lyrics to familiar tunes for great effect on Buckland Races’. The tune used is ‘Tramp, Tramp, Tramp’ but Irish listeners will recognise another song. Marum includes one of the great songs of that or any period as his penultimate track. Foster’s ‘Hard Times’ must be one of the most recorded songs of all time but I never tire of hearing it. For me the best track on offer here is ‘After the Dance’. Here he paints a wonderful picture of the hall after the dancers leave and fiddle strings cease to vibrate and reminds us that life goes on."

(c) Nicky Rossiter, 7-Sep-2006

From a review in SingOut! Music magazine:

"Jed Marum is a Texas songwriter who specializes in Celtic music with strong American traditional influences. His real strength lies in historical storytelling as he takes events of the Civil War and tales of the Irish-American combatants and sets them to newly penned tunes or well known folk melodies. The subtitle of CROSS OVER THE RIVER is A CONFEDERATE COLLECTION and most the selections have a decidedly Rebel point of view."

"Anyone who is interested in Civil War history or who simply enjoys great songs performed well will most certainly find plenty of each on Jed Marum’s Cross Over the River."

– TD © SingOut!, Spring 2007 – Vol. 51 #1


Jed Marum's list of albums on Boston Road Records play regularly on Folk/Bluegrass and Celtic radio programs around the world. They are distributed widely on all the major MP3 services. Jed brings his music to festival, club and concert venues throughout the US with over 150 shows each year. His 2007 touring plans include festival and concert dates in Canada and Mexico.

Jed's musical style is American Celtic with strong Bluegrass roots. His many original songs focus on the stories of family and immigrant ancestors. His albums also include traditional songs and a few contemporary songs from other writers. Jed has a keen interest in history and the passing of culture from generation to generation. Those interests are reflected in his song writing and song selection.


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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Robert Rice

Cross Over The River
I love to listen to songs that tell a story. This album has both great music and it tells great stories.


There's something in this CD that stirs the spirit!
I predict this CD will have strong appeal with Civil War aficionados, reenactors, performers, and anyone who loves good ballads. Just reading the CD's insert and the background of the songs is an education and it reveals the extent of Marum's research. CROSS OVER THE RIVER has a large targeted audience and has all the potential for becoming a cult classic.

The CD is a reminder that there are many stories buried in history we have not yet heard, and there are emotions connected to that war that we haven't yet considered. As a writer, Marum is not only skilled—he is honest. He knows that one's culture and heritage can be lost, and he is determined to give life to long-silent voices. When those of the past fade from our memory and art, then they are truly dead to us. As long as there are writers like Marum who aren't afraid to tell the stories, the dead will live on and our heritage will not be lost.


The Bloody Truth
Two of the tracks from CROSS OVER THE RIVER have been licensed for use in a Lone Chimney Films movie called BLOODY DAWN - made for the PBS and History Channel markets. I got to see the teaser for the movie that is set to the track One Bloody Friday. The music is moving enough on its own - add the visual and it could get to Bloody Bill Anderson himself.

Bill Broussard / Texas

Cross over the river and Fighting Tigers
I first met Jed at Plantation Liendo northwest of Houston back in 2009. He was sitting by himself with his banjo and looked kind of lonesome. Some people would stop by but most just walked by. Little did they know they were passing a true artist. His CDs grace the player in my truck all the time. You can listen to these tales of time gone by and be spellbound. I look forward to acquiring his entire line of CDs though I am particularly partial to his civil war melodies. Once they get in your head, they don't let go easily.

Bente in Denmark

Another gem in the Marum collection
"Treasure chests with hidden treasures" I call my Jed Marum CDs. There are the obvious treasures; the wonderful singing, the skillful handling of instruments, the ear-catching, toe-tapping melodies and lyrics which make you either reflect or want to sing along - or both. And then there's the hidden treasure, the little "extras" that you only discover little by little when listening through time and again. To me, a Jed Marum CD is like a voyage of discovery, one that I make step by step, enjoying every moment of the journey undertaken in his company. I've only had this CD for a few days, but I loved it from the word "go", and I love it better with each listen through. There are some awesome new songs on this CD, songs like "Monaghan's Lament" and "Come Back Katy" stand out for me, but every track on this CD is an addition to my Marum Treasure Chest ;-)

Tami in Maine

Great album!
I loved this CD from the moment I put it in my CD player. Jed's songs have a way of grabbing you and not letting go, resurfacing in your head days later. Although it's titled "A Confederade Collection," the stories told have a universal and timeless quality to them. I'm a died-in-the-wool, true-blue yankee with ancestors who fought in the Maine regiments and I recommend this CD to everyone I know.

ken howard

Cross over the river
Excellent music with great instrumental & vocal presentation. Enjoyed this Cd greatly!

Jim Peden

Is it real or is it Memorex?
Jed Marum, in addition to being a great instrumentalist and vocalist, is such a talented songwriter I often ask myself whether the piece I am listening to is a traditional ballad from the 19th century, or an original composition. Cross Over The River is a collection of Confederate-leaning Civil War songs that would have stirred the soul of any southern patriot in 1860. From haunting ballad to inspiring melodies of struggle, this album is a must for any civil war reenactor who loves to sit around the campfire with acoustic music and period songs filling the night air.


Awesome CD!!!
I LOVE this CD. Favorite song... Come Back Katy! Great music and Great voice!!! Well worth every penny!

Andy Mowatt

Superb! Great sounds. Love the new songs, nice change.
I am really glad I bought this CD. I have a good many CD's now on the Civil War and this is certainly in the top 5. I am really impressed with Jed's version of Shenandoah. Great!
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