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Battle of Ossippee

by ShoreGrass

Song written by the Shaws at their campsite in the pouring rain at the Ossippee Festival in Maine. They were burdened by damaging weather and longing to go home, resulting in a song that summons up the mood of a dying colonial soldier dreaming of home.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut, USA shoreline comprised of Frank & Barbara Shaw (banjo & guitar) and various musicians on mandolin, bass, fiddle and Dobro. The full ShoreGrass band is a quintet, but they also frequently perform in smaller configurations, during which they call themselves SHORTGrass or simply The Shaws. The group has performed locally as well as around the Northeast since 1996.

Their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor. The group has several singers who alternate leads on 3-part vocal harmonies, and that unique bluegrass blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and Dobro. Their musicianship demonstrates the range and uniqueness of each instrument as well as an unusually rich vocal blend, all delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all ShoreGrass performances.

ShoreGrass has released three albums, including "In Connecticut" (2001), "Songs of the Civil War Era" (2005) and "Going Home" (2007). Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called their latest album "a pleasant collection of down-home music that should attract considerable attention for the band." Sing Out! magazine called ShoreGrass "a refreshing reminder of what bluegrass music is really all about: a talented, family-based band that seem to truly relish playing and singing together."

Frank plays banjo and is a retired manufacturing engineer. He was bass player and vocalist in the 70's folk / rock band Clean Living, which recorded two albums on the Vanguard label. He was winner of the 1st place old-time banjo award at the 2001 Roxbury Contest. He sings lead, baritone and sometimes tenor.

Barbara plays guitar, sings lead and harmony and writes original music for the group. She is a retired information technology consultant and is currently a freelance writer, photographer and gad-about. Along with husband Frank, she was one of the original members of the Yale-based "Professors of Bluegrass" band.

This song is planned for inclusion on a future ShoreGrass album. Barbara did the graphics, recording and mixing at home with the following lineup:

Frank Shaw - banjo, lead vocals
Barbara Shaw - rhythm guitar, tenor vocals, bass
Jim Sherlock - lead guitar

This song is also part of a collection entitled "This Is Us" compiled and planned for release in 2011 by the Mudcat Cafe traditional folk music online community.



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