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The Folk Den Project - Twentieth Anniversary Edition

by Roger McGuinn

This 4-CD set and enclosed booklet celebrates 20 years of THE FOLK DEN PROJECT. The Twentieth Anniversary Edition is a compliment to the 2005 Edition with 100 newly recorded songs from the Folk Den. Before there were books, music saved our history.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Drill Ye Tarriers
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2. The Blackest Crow
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3. This Little Light of Mine
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4. Rolling Down to Old Maui
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5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ke Me O
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6. I Know Where I'm Going
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7. Peg & Awl
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8. The Month of January
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9. Old Plank Road
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10. Come and Go with Me to That Land (feat. Mary Shafer)
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11. Paddy and the Whale
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12. Jimmy Brown
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13. The Squirrel
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14. Banks of Newfoundland
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15. Isn't It Grand?
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16. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
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17. The Boll Weevil (feat. Barry McGuire)
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18. Polly Vaughn
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19. Whup Jamboree
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20. There's a Meetin' Here Tonight
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21. St. Clair's Defeat
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22. Wade in the Water
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23. No Payday in Detroit
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24. Christmas Is Coming
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25. I Saw Three Ships
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26. Hard Times of Old England
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27. 900 Miles
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28. Let My People Go!
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29. John Riley
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30. Cripple Creek
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31. In the Evenin'
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32. Old Joe Clark
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33. She Never Will Marry
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34. Paddy West
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35. Old Blue
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36. Away with Rum
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37. Take a Drink on Me
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38. Tell Ole Gil
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39. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
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40. The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry
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41. Yellow Rose of Texas
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42. Winter's Almost Gone
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43. A Roving
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44. Engine 143
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45. Dry Bones
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46. Darlin' Corey
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47. I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy
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48. Down in the Valley
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49. Angels We Have Heard on High
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50. What Child Is This?
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51. Black Mountain Rag (feat. Marty Stuart & Roland White)
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52. Fair and Tender Ladies
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53. The Crawdad Song
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54. Blow the Man Down
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55. Children Go Where I Send Thee
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56. Tarrytown
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57. All the Pretty Little Horses
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58. Pay Me My Money Down
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59. Old Chisholm Trail
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60. Give Me Oil in My Lamp
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61. Housewife's Lament
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62. Away Rio
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63. Sugar Baby
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64. The Bears Went over the Mountain
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65. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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66. Cold Rain and Snow
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67. John Hardy
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68. The Cobbler
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69. John Henry
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70. Go to Sea No More
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71. The Coo Coo
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72. I Heard the Voice of Jesus
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73. Nine Pound Hammer
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74. Glory Glory
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75. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
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76. Katie Morey
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77. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
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78. Back to Sea
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79. When Jones's Ale Was New
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80. Pretty Polly
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81. I'm on My Way
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82. Risselty Rosselty Now Now Now
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83. When I First Came to This Land
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84. South Australia
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85. Jacob's Dream
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86. February Song
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87. I'll Fly Away
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88. To Welcome Poor Paddy Home
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89. My Home's Across the Smokey Mountains
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90. This Old Man
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91. Alberta
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92. We Are Crossing the Jordan River
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93. The Fatal Flower Garden
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94. Randy Dandy Oh
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95. Whoa Back Buck
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96. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
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97. The Coast of Peru
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98. The Cherry Tree Carol
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99. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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100. Leave Her Johnny Leave Her (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It’s been twenty years since Roger McGuinn began recording a series of traditional folk songs and uploading them to mcguinn.com, in a section called the Folk Den. Since then he has posted a new recording of a traditional folk song on the first of every month. The purpose of the Folk Den project is to use the medium of the Internet to continue the tradition of the folk process, passing on songs from one generation to another by word of mouth.

Roger has celebrated this anniversary by rerecording 100 new songs from the FOLK DEN. The cover photo is the same as the 10 year edition with only the background color changed from red to blue. He wanted the two ten year projects to reflect a classical historical collection. He hopes this collection of both FOLK DEN PROJECTS will add a meaningful dimension to musical archives and library shelves. Each FOLK DEN PROJECT edition contains 100 songs especially re-recorded and re-mastered. A total of 200 songs fill the eight CDs on the combined projects. There is also a booklet contained in each 4- CD set telling a story about the song. This labor of love took many hours and not one second was wasted.

The back cover is a photo of Roger on stage during his 2014 European tour. It also contains the quote by Roger,
“Before there were books, music saved our history”


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john johansson

Excellent Collection of Folk Songs by the Byrd's Frontman
Fantastic album by a true musical innovator dedicated to the preservation of folk songs. Roger McGuinn's career began with Folk, he merged Folk with the Beatlles sound to define Folk Rock with the Byrds, onto Country Rock with the Byrds and for the past 20 years back to his roots with folk. His close to 60 years in music has truly been a musical journey across many different styles. This CD set is a fantastic collection of folk songs as interpreted by the founder of Folk Rock with a hint of his famous and unique 12 String Ric sound.
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Bruce Kula

The Folk Den Twenty Years On
The Folk Den Project Twentieth Anniversary Edition, like its predecessor collection (The Folk Den Project 1995–2005) and the Folk Den itself, is an idiosyncratic selection of folk songs played in McGuinn’s idiosyncratic style. By “idiosyncratic selection” I mean that McGuinn is a wide-ranging preservationist with no compunction about adhering to a particular genre; he’s as likely to sing a children’s song as a short-haul shanty, an ancient hymn as a mountain ballad. By “idiosyncratic style” I mean that McGuinn uses a standard folk chord structure he learned at the Old Town School of Folk Music, or a simplified chord structure on his guitar or banjo upon which he builds more sophisticated chords with melody and harmony vocals.

But not always. For example, David Mansfield provides a violin assist to a surprising and lovely gypsy-style “What Child Is This”. Anyway, by no means do I mean to say McGuinn’s musicianship tends toward the simple. He was a fully formed musician nearly 60 years ago, and he hasn’t lost a step. This is evident in all of the banjo-intensive numbers (like “Old Joe Clark” and “Pretty Polly”), and especially in a casual jam on “Soldier’s Joy” on which McGuinn plays a mile-a-minute lead guitar, relegating to rhythm guitars the famed players Roland White and Marty Stuart.

A little more than ten years on from the first major Folk Den collection and twenty years since the dawn of the Folk Den, I fancy myself an increasingly refined listener who hears more and more of what McGuinn is doing. I’m confident that he finds emerging rock and roll where it lies hidden (in songs such as “Sugar Baby” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”), knows the blues when he hears it (and he does in “Darlin’ Corey”), and makes sure the finest old melodies are given settings that make them unforgettable (witness “The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry” and—also notable for its happy ending— “John Riley”). He neglects to include neither the classics (“Blow the Man Down”, “Wade in the Water) nor the oddballs (like one of my favorites, “Whoa Back Buck”, which could have come from some old Dan Hicks record).

That’s some of what I hear. I wonder what you will.
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