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 Posted: Fri Oct 19th, 2007 12:45 am
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Richie Havens singing Follow the Drinking Gourd

Also he sings Give Us a Flag which is really good



 Posted: Fri Oct 19th, 2007 05:16 pm
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Well if we are going to suggest modern covers of Civil War tunes let me make an off beat suggestion of the Dropkick Murphys.  They are an alternative group that plays many traditional tunes in an untraditional manner using both traditional and untraditional instruments.  The vocals are in the style of the music the kids listen to today (sounds like the singer is seriously constipated) and is an acquired taste but I like their high energy and instrumentation.  If you saw Martin Scorsese's The Departed one of their treatments of a traditional sailing song, Going up to Boston was prominently featured (like Scorsese or not the man knows how to integrate music into a film).

Anyway their Civil War song I like is The Fighting 69th, which was a Civil War re-lyricing (is that a word?) of the traditional Irish tune The Foggy Dew.

While I'm plugging them, I'll plug another of their songs, an anti-war ballad, that they actually do in a more traditional manner influenced by the Vietnam War but about the Great War and that is the Greenfields of France.

Anyway I'm like my parents and hate my kids' music most of the time but I like these guys and many of my daughter's friends at high school think I'm "awesome" because I listen to the Dropkicks.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 19th, 2007 05:47 pm
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I love the Dropkick Murphys! I already plugged them in my rap is crap thread. "Cadence to Arms" frikin rocks. "Going up to Boston" is great. Have you watched their video for Spicy McHaggis?!! Hilarious. It's to the tune of my favorite reel "Clumsy Lover."



 Posted: Fri Oct 19th, 2007 05:48 pm
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David: When did you realize that you had become your dad?

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Ole:

When all my familiy and family's friends started calling me by my dad's name.



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Hey, dad,

I've got an autographed CD by Molly Mason and Jay Ungar and several of my favorites off it are Hard Times, Tenting on the Old Camp Ground and Hard Crackers.

Ashoken Farewell, of course, is not a Civil War tune, but it sounds like it could've been. That's good enough for me.



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 Posted: Fri Oct 19th, 2007 08:26 pm
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   Civil War songs involving ships and sailors don't seem to have made it onto the favorites lists. There are some pretty good ones, such as: "Roll, ALABAMA, Roll," and: "The Cumberland Crew."

   I'm glad to see that someone likes songs of the sea. You might also like this website.

Songs of the Sea



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Let's not forget "Shenandoah." An unforgettable.

David. No one has yet had the guts to call me Jens. They might think it, but they wouldn't say it. Come to think of it, it would be an honor. That little bugger was one helluva man.

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My favorite was Abraham Lincoln's cover of the "Duke of Earl" for George McClellan:

Mac Mac Mac
Little Mac Mac Mac
Get off your ass Mac Mac
and on the grass Mac Mac

Never made the charts but Abe always thought it was Number One with a bullet. (OK, I'll stop)

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My favorite song is Dixie's Land. Bonnie Blue Flag comes next



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I came across a great musician this weekend. He has a cd that will be out soon that features some great Civil War songs. He plays acoustic guitar and his name is Mark Ferguson. Here's his link to his myspace page where you can hear some of it...
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=97403540



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