Roy Justice | Down Canal On the Lehigh

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Down Canal On the Lehigh

by Roy Justice

Folk-style, 19th Century canal era songs, recorded on location along and around the restored canal section in Hugh Moore Park, Easton, PA. Baritone voice with 12 string Martin guitar.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. The Boatman's Conch
0:26 $0.29
2. Simon Slick
1:42 $0.99
3. The Lehigh Was Arisin'
3:56 $0.99
4. Amazing Grace
3:47 $0.99
5. Colleen ©1988 Rhj
4:01 $0.99
6. I'm My Own Grandpa ©1946 Bmi-Colgems, D. Latham, M. Jafee
2:38 $0.99
7. From Buffalo to Troy
2:50 $0.99
8. The Good Ship Calabar
3:19 $0.99
9. The Lock Tender's Daughter ©1989 Rhj
3:35 $0.99
10. Shenendoah
4:36 $0.99
11. Black Rock Pork
0:37 $0.50
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If you enjoy American Folk Music, American History, and the exploration of both, you're at the right place!My name is Roy Justice and I am a singing historian. I present programs on different aspects and topics of American History, combining music of the time period with the historical landscape within which the music was a part. Please, take some time to read through some of the pages on my website (, and listen to sound clips from my CD projects. Feel free to post a comment to me about your impressions of the site and the music projects.

History was always my worst subject in school, but, while in college at Mansfield University, a very wise professor told me something that changed my perspective on what history is all about: He said "Roy, never forget that history is not about dates, facts, figures, and places - history is about people! If you connect the history to the people who lived the things you read about, you'll find that history will come to life for you!" When I merged my curiosity about early American folk music with my renewed, professor-inspired, curiosity about history - American History, in particular - all of a sudden, history became something more than information in a book. And, I found that I was remembering the dates, places, and circumstances that have led us to where we are today as citizens of America and citizens of the world. My hope is that, as I develop my programs into interesting and listenable formats, that you will be inspired to look into areas of history that interest you! Down Canal on the Lehigh was my first recording project and I had a blast recording it!! I used a $30 microphone, a Fostex X-15, battery operated 4 track cassette recorder (to this day, it was my favorite recording device!), and recorded these songs as I walked along the towpath with the mules, sat in the hull of a canal boat, stood on a porch during a thunderstorm, recorded under a bridge late at night - accompanying myself on a Martin 12 string guitar. (For those of you who are wondering how I did this, I constructed a padded microphone holder that clipped onto the sound hole of the guitar, while I carried the recorder with a shoulder strap. Through trial and error, I found the place that my voice and guitar sounded 'balanced' to me, and pressed the record button!) I hope that you enjoy listening to these songs as much as I enjoyed recording them!

Today, historians have recognized the importance of the canals upon 19th century America's development. It is a rich, important, integral part of our past and I would encourage you to explore something of the lifestyle of the people who lived and worked on the canals. And, if you find that you enjoyed the songs on this CD, check out the sound clips from my second canal song CD "Of Canals and Coal", for more great songs from this unique period of time in American History!



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