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The Civil War Collection Vol. I

by Jim Taylor

Traditional southern fiddle tunes from the war between the states featuring hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, guitar and pipes.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Booth Shot Lincoln / I'll Learn You How to Rock Andy
3:57 album only
2. 3 Forks of Hell / Arkansas Traveler / Pop Goes the Weasel
4:57 album only
3. Camp Chase
1:49 album only
4. The Rebel Raid / Abe's Retreat
3:50 album only
5. They Swung John Brown to a Sour Apple Tree
1:36 album only
6. Dixie / Come Dance and Sing
3:48 album only
7. McClanahan's March 1
1:56 album only
8. St. Patrick's Day in the Morning / Gary Owen / Haste to the Wedd
3:51 album only
9. Stony Poin
2:28 album only
10. The Falls of Richmond
3:36 album only
11. There is a Fountain
2:12 album only
12. Little Rose is Gone / Billy in the Lowground
4:04 album only
13. Bragg's Retreat / Leather Britches
4:42 album only
14. Last of Sizemore
2:17 album only
15. Money Musk
4:05 album only
16. Natchez Under the Hill / Turkey in the Straw
4:15 album only
17. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia
2:31 album only
18. John Brown's March / John Brown's Dream
4:20 album only
19. Republican Spirit / Mississippi Sawyer
3:14 album only
20. Quince Dillon's High D / Richmond Blues
3:08 album only
21. Seneca Square Dance
2:37 album only
22. Boneparte's Retreat / Boneparte's Charge / Boneparte's March
4:11 album only


Album Notes
Jim Taylor writes:

I was born and raised in western North Carolina and have lived here most of my life. My older sisters both played piano, so I grew up playing the thing by ear in the lulls between their practices.

Both sides of the family are musical. Mom's parents had a their own ragtime band that played all over the region. Her father was also a singing master in the Shape-note tradition. On Dad's side, his mother had a degree in music from Columbia College, South Carolina. My father has a fine baritone voice, as did his father.

I first became interested in traditional music in the early 1980s when a friend let me borrow some Jean Ritchie albums and mountain dulcimer recordings. Soon afterward, I heard the hammered dulcimer and decided to learn to play it. I put together a kit and started learning tunes. I was in school in Texas at the time and had the opportunity to learn from folks like Russell Cook and Dana Hamilton. Others who influenced my style were Jerry Reed Smith and Malcolm Dalglish.

By 1982 I started building my own hammered dulcimers and selling them. That's how I made my living for the next eight or so years. In 1989 I recorded my first album, Come Before Winter. I followed that with The Falls of Richmond in '91, Little Rose is Gone in '92 and The Bright Sunny South in '94.

I haven't performed for audiences much in the past (I prefer to do recordings instead), but I'm starting to get out a bit more lately. My wife, Sheila Adams (she plays banjo on the recordings), is a nationally known traditional ballad singer, storyteller, banjo player, and author. Sheila has me play dulcimer/banjo duets with her during some of her concerts.

Apart from the music, I'm closing in on a master's degree in American History, reenacting the Civil War every month or so, trying to figure out how to raise two teenage boys, and learning how to play Rugby.



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James Robbins .

Wonderful CD . Cannot stop playing it !!
I really love this CD . My 33 year old , dyed in the wool rock , daughter listened and now loves it also .

Jon Bradley

The Civil War Collection Vol. I
I purchased this CD on faith that the subtitle, "Traditional 'fiddle' tunes" was accurate. Jim Taylor plays, virtuosically, the hammered dulcimer. That instrument dominates the album. Mr. Taylor is doubtless accomplished, but the dulcimer is almost always the lead instrument, and is played with such power and volume as to overwhelm all of the other instruments. The liner notes equate "fiddle" with "traditional." If you prefer the dulcimer, this album if for you. If you are looking for "fiddle" music, search elsewhere. Yet, it is a fine collection of music.

Virginia Allain

Lovely Traditional Tunes
When I first heard this, I played it through three times in a row. The hammered dulcimer, the fiddle and the banjo make you travel back in time to music played on the porch or at a dance. They do a great job with these. Very pleasant listening!