Keith Reins & Tara McGovern | Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School

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Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School

by Keith Reins & Tara McGovern

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School is one folk musician's effort to document, honor and share a collection of folk songs I love and my personal history with them through research, essays, and performances.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Oh, The Wind and Rain / The Quail, It Is a Pretty Bird (feat. Jon Cooper)
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2. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
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3:43 $0.99
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3. I Wish My Love Was a Red, Red Rose
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4. Mikey Callaghan's / An Comhra Donn / The Flowing Tide
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5:06 $0.99
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5. I Ride an Old Paint / Midnight on the Water (feat. Jon Cooper)
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6. Never Was Piping so Gay / Porthole of the Kelp / The Holly Bush
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4:35 $0.99
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7. George Collins
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4:06 $0.99
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8. Waltz of the Little Girls / A Hambo / The Unquiet Grave
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9. Eddie Kelly's / The Brosna Jig (feat. Jon Cooper)
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3:24 $0.99
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10. The Twa Sisters / Lady of the House / The Maids of Castlebar
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7:44 $0.99
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11. McCaffery
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Welcome to Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School.

My name is Keith Reins, English Professor Emeritus at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am also a musician and essayist and have long wanted to combine my artistic interests by writing essays about music. This goal became a reality when I was delighted to receive an Endowed Faculty Chair Award from the Kirkwood Foundation. The endowment allowed me a “mini-sabbatical” in 2012 to pursue my ambition by researching and writing a series of essays about a collection of folk songs I have learned and loved over nearly 40 years of collecting and performing.

The result is Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School (FSYNSIGS), a multifaceted project that combines research, original essays, musical performance, an interactive website. and original recordings of songs in the collection.

On my website you’ll find all the essays and lyrics (as I learned them) to the songs in the Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School. The essays are linked to many of the sources I used in my research as well as varied performances (Thanks, YouTube!) of many songs.

I didn’t write an essay about each song per se; I included all the songs in the FSYNSIGS collection in my essays, but the essays are more about themes, history and the artistry of composition than about individual songs. All this I wove together with personal narrative—my relationship with the songs and how I came to love, interpret, arrange and make them my own as a performer. My intent is to produce a compelling, entertaining, reader-friendly collection of essays about the songs I love and my creative life.

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