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Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music

  • 1. Frog He Would A-Wooing Go, A
    2. Farmer's Curst Wife, The
    3. Two Brothers, The
    4. My Man John
    5. Ladies' Walpole Reel - Newton F. Tolman/Kay Gilbert
    6. Brave Boys - Gale Huntington
    7. Fair Fannie Moore - Sara Cleveland
    8. Jam on Gerry's Rock, The
    9. And Now, Old Serpent, How Do You Feel? - Mrs. Morris Austin
    10. Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow? - Mrs. Morris Austin
    11. Medley of Scottish Fiddle Tunes, A - Harvey Tolman/Rose Tolman
    12. Flowers of Edinburgh, The - Sterl VanArsdale/Phil VanArsdale/Paul Van Arsdale
    13. Good Old State of Maine, The - James Brown
    14. Dreadnaught, The - Gale Huntington
    15. Three Men They Went A-Hunting - Sara Cleveland
    16. Erin Go Bragh
    17. Give an Honest Irish Lad a Chance - Sara Cleveland
    18. Knit Stockings - Wilfred Guillette
    19. Johnstown Flood, The
    20. Good Old Days of Adam and Eve, The
    21. I'll Hit the Road Again, Boys - Grant Rogers
    22. Cherish the Ladies - Kevin Taylor/Brendan Mulvihill
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80239

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    Before you jump to the conclusion that this is going to be a collection of sea shanties or whaling songs, take a look at the track listing on the back cover and notice two things: first, song titles like "Who Will Bow and Bend Like a Willow?" and "Ladies' Walpole Reel," and second, the fact that most of these tracks are songs performed solo by unaccompanied singers. Most were recorded in the field by Sandy Paton (well known to fans of New England folk music as the owner and operator of the Folk Legacy label, which released all of Gordon Bok's earliest albums). The traditions represented are remarkably varied and range from transplanted British ballads ("A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go," "The Two Brothers") to Shaker spirituals ("And Now, Old Serpent, How Do You Feel?") and traditional fiddle tunes (the gorgeous "Ladies' Walpole Reel," "Cherish the Ladies"). And, of course, there are whaling songs, grim and beautiful, and no less so for the enthusiastic amateurism of the singers. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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