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I just added an appendix from the William Mahar Book "Behind the Burnt Cork Mask" showing the frequency of appearance in early minstrel songsters. It is especially interesting with the availability of the Christy Glee Book.  

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Comment by Tim Twiss on January 12, 2012 at 3:06pm

Looking more at this list....Mary Blane, Dan Tucker, Lucy Long, Lucy Neal, Picayune Butler, Jim Crack Corn....and we have "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny". I've never done it, but reference Carl and  Kyle's version from a couple of years ago. Note that all these are in the Ethiopian Glee Book...a treasure.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 13, 2012 at 10:41pm

Okay...further down the list-Uncle Gabriel  -  and varients. Who has any experience with this tune? I'm looking in the the Glee Book, and will look further. Quite popular...must be something in there. The initial look at Christy's has me a bit stumped.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 14, 2012 at 9:16am

That version (Uncle Gabriel / Glee Book) seems dependent upon the group singing the chorus...and whatever went on theatrically. 

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 14, 2012 at 5:32pm

Alabama Joe...we all play it...ever sing it?

Comment by Bell Banjos on January 14, 2012 at 10:02pm

Sing it Tim.  I can't figure it out, it seems like the refrain doesn't fit my version, or my lyrics are goofy.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 15, 2012 at 11:37am

I'm going to go to the store and take a shot at it. 2 verses from Christy's aren't too bad to adapt. I'm also going to try the "Walk Into De Parlor" from Converse 1886...a few different things in this ...a really nice, well thought arrangement. 

Comment by Bell Banjos on January 15, 2012 at 12:26pm

Tim, 'Joe' and 'Parlor' may be my favorite tunes, I sure wanna learn the way you do them for when we get together.

Comment by Tim Twiss on January 16, 2012 at 3:20pm

More...Next I see "A Life By The Galley Fire". I've done this as an instrumental, but I can't see a way of making this work vocally. Then there is "Dearest Mae"...seems like an ultra-typical song of this time..anybody do this one? Tempo suggestions?? 

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