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I just posted the American Experience episode of Stephen Foster from 2001, which I found on YouTube. I was trying to include the text, "I saw this 20+ years ago. I never understood why, when other…Continue
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Has anyone tried using Strum Machine?I just signed up for a free trial and am enjoying it, especially because I don't play with others and it seems as though it would be great for practicing.After…Continue
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I'm hoping someone can offer insights that escape me. It seems that Ethiopia gained a lot of reference in the mid-19th C minstrel genre......"Ethiopian Glee Book", Ethiopian Serenaders, Ethiopian…Continue
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I don't know if it's good or whether Sam Sweeney might be mentioned but a program about JEB Stuart airs several times on CSPAN2 this weekend.Continue
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Al, That's the kind of thing you can either add as a link in a thread (there's a way to upload files to a given thread, click on the paperclip icon), or something as generally useful as that we can put under resources. Elaine has been going through period songsters and has a list of over 1800 songs at this point from the time period. The list is growing. I would put your spreadsheet under documetation.
I find that the most useful thing about the Weidlich book is his index of Minstrel Songs and which instructor they are in. It would be great to have some resources like that here on the site.
And there it is...thanks John. I lost sight of the fact you could add files of different types in the Documentation spot. Perfect.
Al, Thanks for sending the tutorial index. I now have it posted on our documentation page.
John...what format is that? New Excel? I could open Al's old one, but not this. Perhaps open office?
Never mind...answered my own question...open office for those who are behind.
What a great contribution Al...
I'm not a re-enactor (though I do have a suit of funny clothes in the closet) so I usually don't always have to limit myself to completely period-appropriate performances. When I am doing a historic perfromance I use the "period" instruments that I happen to play — wooden flute, Scottish smallpipes, fiddle and sing unaccompanied. I've never earned the trick of self-accompaniment with fiddle. It's all I can do to play in tune when I'm not singing.
I mostly do 1812 songs from the Canadian point of view. My repertoire comes from old manuscripts and early published sources and also includes songs of the time that survived to be collected as part of the folk tradition in Ontario. I've been accumulating this stuff since the early 80s. Canada was much less urban than the eastern US at that time so there weren't nearly as many printed broadsides produced up here. Your Library of Congress website has lots of American 1812 songs online. (I'm envious)
In a concert setting, I'll usually perform this stuff in a more "folksingerly" context, as music from the past that has survived into the present. I use non-period instruments like steel-string guitar, mandolin and concertina and arrange songs to suit my own tastes — which to most people's ears are probably pretty arcane.
Clarifying a bit of bad writing in previous comment - I meant Canada was less urban in 1812 - not the 1980s!
Hey Al...the first Thursday of every other month is approaching. Want to join me again? Love to add some of those crazy early ones we have discussed.
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