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Music of the Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush

by Various Artists

This is a collection of music either written about or sung during the Alaska/Klondike gold rush, 1896 to 1910. Liiner notes provide the historical context of each song gathered from diaries or public accounts of the time.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. The Carmack Song
Will Putman & Charlie Hunt
1:40 $0.99
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2. Mountain Canary
Susie Hallinan, Scott Darter & Charlie Hunt
1:34 $0.99
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3. The Klondike Gold Rush (feat. Theresa Reed, Sherry Abrahams, Cathy Massay, Diane Egley, Kanza Easterly-Keill, Marcia Holt, Kelly Houlton, Jeff Tilley, Silver Chord, Chuck Machetta, Todd Paris, Ted Sponsel, Amanda Durst & Carly Sween)
Dana Hart & Fairbanks Light Opera Theater
1:30 $0.99
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4. The Man That Struck It Rich in the Klondike
Dana Hart & Genie Loser
3:02 $0.99
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5. The Klondike: March of the Gold Miners
Paul Krejci
2:45 $0.99
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6. He's Sleeping in the Klondike Vale, Tonight
Bill Reed, Genie Loser & Fairbanks Light Opera Theater
2:28 $0.99
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7. Dear Evelina, Sweet Evelina
Susie Hallinan, Scott Darter, Charlie Hunt & Robin Dale Ford
2:31 $0.99
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8. Why Don't You Write a Letter Home
Bill Reed, Genie Loser & Fairbanks Light Opera Theater
3:07 $0.99
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9. The Girl I Left Behind Me
Will Putman, Charlie Hunt & Susie Hallinan
3:02 $0.99
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10. With Gold I Bring from the Klondike (feat. Genie Loser)
Theresa Reed & Bill Reed
3:42 $0.99
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11. Wanted, My Darling Papa
June Baldridge
2:28 $0.99
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12. Klondike Rag
Paul Krejci
4:36 $0.99
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13. The Belle of the Klondike
Julie Rafferty & Shirley Hughes
2:45 $0.99
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14. Such a Nice Girl, Too
Shirley Hughes
2:54 $0.99
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15. Cheechako Lil
Bruce Hanson & Shirley Hughes
3:20 $0.99
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16. Irish Washerwoman and Irishman's Shanty (feat. Scott Darter)
Susie Hallinan & Charlie Hunt
2:14 $0.99
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17. On the Banks of the Yukon (feat. Jean Murray)
Brian Bennett
2:37 $0.99
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18. Chilkoot March
Paul Krejci
3:04 $0.99
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19. Let the Sunshine In
Robert Menaker, Rick England, Allen Menaker & Virgil Holman
1:48 $0.99
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20. Klondike Gold (feat. Fairbanks Light Opera Theater & Genie Loser)
Bill Reed
1:58 $0.99
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21. Turkey in the Straw
Susie Hallinan, Scott Darter, Charlie Hunt & Robin Dale Ford
1:45 $0.99
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22. Some Folks
Will Putman & Charlie Hunt
1:51 $0.99
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23. Arctic Brotherhood Two-Step
Paul Krejci
4:04 $0.99
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24. Yukona (feat. Fairbanks Light Opera Theater & Genie Loser)
Theresa Reed, Marcia Holt, Silver Chord & Bill Reed
2:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
“We found that music, more than anything, tended to ease the tension among us,” Edward Lung wrote in his book “Black Sand and Gold,” an account of his time in Alaska and the Klondike from 1897 to 1901. He continued, “A fellow by the name of Bates often brought his guitar over to our cabin and we’d blow off steam, singing old songs at the top of our lungs.” “Some Folks,” a Stephen Foster song was one they sang.

The group had plenty of reason for tension. They were seven disappointed, hungry gold seekers who were marooned in a tiny cabin for the winter of 1897 at the town of Circle on the Yukon River. Lung’s story is one of many who talked about the music they enjoyed in their tent or cabin homes with wet socks hanging from the rafters and frost condensing on the walls. A person with a musical instrument had immediate friends.

The 24 songs on the CD are from of a collection of 94 songs in the book, “Music of the Alaska/Klondike Gold Rush” by Jean Murray. It includes the written music, sheet music covers, and historical photos. All of the songs are annotated in the liner notes giving the historical gold rush context for each song as gleaned from diaries, books and newspapers of the time.

The music selected for the CD provides a cross section of music they brought with them or music that was written about the rush. It was a world wide event. Song writers in New York or San Francisco or Kansas wrote and published songs about the rush.

“The Klondike, March of the Gold Miners,” was composed by Theodore Metz. His “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight,” was a favorite of miners from up on the Kobuk River in the Arctic to Cordova in southeast Alaska. Another piano solo, the “Chilkoot March” was published by Alfred Ronconvieri in 1997 before he became a part of the rush along with fellow San Francisco symphony member, Eugene Schmitz two years later. Schmitz was major of San Francisco at the time of the great earthquake in 1906

Singer, Cad Wilson, was a favorite entertainer in both Dawson and Nome. Her signature song was, “Such A Nice Girl, Too.” Six diaries mentioned Cad singing that song. After searches in collections and libraries it was finally found in the Library of Congress.

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