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Captain O'Kane(The Wounded Hussar) and A Soldier Tonight is our guest.

I had Memorial Day in mind when I was doing these, I find myself drawn to these slow sad airs when I play at the Civil war sites in these parts These two tunes show up in several of the old books. The First is 18th century Irish, but I've seen it several of Howe's publications from Boston . The second is from Samuel Lover who composed popular songs in the mid 1800s. The tune I found in O'Neill's Music of Ireland and the words I found in a book of poems that was published in New York.

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Comment by Wes Merchant on May 24, 2013 at 9:02pm

Comment by Bell Banjos on May 24, 2013 at 9:09pm

That's an OLD time sound yer fiddle has there. I see you have a mute, and your fiddle has a great open sound,  may I ask what kind/brand of strings you use?

Comment by Wes Merchant on May 24, 2013 at 9:35pm

I use the Helicore Heavy Tension, I put the mute on to protect the family, pets neighbors... you know. The fiddle is one my Mom used to play in her high school orchestra back in the 1930s.

Comment by Bell Banjos on May 24, 2013 at 9:52pm

Thanks for the info Wes. Mighty nice playin.'

Comment by Paul Draper on May 25, 2013 at 9:50am

Hauntingly beautiful, Wes.

Comment by Wes Merchant on May 25, 2013 at 5:31pm

Thanks guys. I'm kind of hoping someone will do up that second song on banjo and sing it.  


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