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On the battlefield at Gettysburg, near the Battery A US 2nd Artillery Monument on Reynolds Avenue. I believe this is more or less the arrangement from Rice 1858. It's such a short tune that I usually like to play both parts 4 times instead of 2, but my brain hiccuped on the A part here.

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Comment by Carl Anderton on July 30, 2011 at 4:37pm
Comment by Scooter Aldrich on July 30, 2011 at 5:50pm
Great video, and sound quality..that was a nice evening! Scoot
Comment by Andy Chase on July 30, 2011 at 5:56pm
Thanks for being camera man!
Comment by Kevin Gooding on July 30, 2011 at 6:02pm
Very nice!
Comment by John Mikenas on July 30, 2011 at 8:19pm

Everytime I go to Gettysburg, I take the Boucher and hunker down in the rocks just below the summit of Little Round Top about an hour before sunset to play some tunes and think about what happened on that hill and in the  Valley of Death below.  Last April, I heard a little girl behind me say "Dad, I think I can hear the soldiers who were here playing their music."  I did nothing to change her impression -- kid will have a lifetime memory!


Comment by Andy Chase on July 30, 2011 at 8:44pm

John, That sounds nice.  This clip was recorded right around sunset, and it's quite a contemplative time of day, not many tourists left driving around and the shadows getting long.   I recorded Tim's arrangement of 'Battle Cry of Freedom' in front of the monument itself (one of my great-great grandfathers fought with Battery A) but on review it's a pretty poor performance - I'll have to try again next year!


Comment by Tim Twiss on August 1, 2011 at 6:33pm
Great video...nice playing and a perfect setting.
Comment by Andy Chase on August 1, 2011 at 7:35pm
Thanks everyone!
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on August 1, 2011 at 8:19pm
Banjo sounds nice. Who made it for you?
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 1, 2011 at 9:13pm
Funny thing about that tune...most people play it the way you did it. That is not how it is written. I learned it the way you do it, from the Flesher book (and actually, from hearing him do it), and the "right" way seems unnatural. It has to do with the phrasing of the second group of eighth notes...written dotted, but often played straight. It is kind of that "mother duck" syndrome...you follow the initial way of perception. When I play it live, I struggle to play it "right", because I hear it "wrong".  No criticism Andy, just an observation of hearing this tune a lot.


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