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Roaring River. A Refrain of the Red River Plantation.

After seeing the film "12 Years A Slave", I read Solomon Northup's account (published in 1855 by Miller, Orton & Mulligan) of his kidnapping and being held i...

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Comment by Paul Draper on December 16, 2013 at 3:40pm
All work no play.....
Comment by Al Smitley on December 16, 2013 at 4:47pm

I like the idea of seeking out such things!  Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Strumelia on December 16, 2013 at 5:24pm

All work no play.....

Paul you know our wonderful thumbed cat Satchel passed away a few weeks ago...well we have a new little adopted catboy in the house now, and he's tearing the place apart in addition to our trying to work...  =8-0

Comment by Paul Draper on December 16, 2013 at 6:37pm
Oh I'm so sorry to hear about Satchel.
Comment by Mark Weems on December 16, 2013 at 11:58pm

It's also printed in Epstein's book. I love Roaring River. I tabbed it out a few years ago as part of my research into possible pre-tutor banjo music. The tune was a watershed for me in thinking about approaches to transcription because it made me realize that if you put it into a Brigg's like structure (which I tried), its unique rhythmic form gets completely flattened.  

Comment by Mark Weems on December 17, 2013 at 12:01am

Paul, I'm also glad you get your history from primary sources rather than Hollywood movies.

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