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Folk and traditional songs

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:42 am

This thread is exclusively for Folk and traditional songs, such as old-tyme music played by ordinary folks at small dances.

Personally, my Irish grandfather and his Dutch-German wife were very musical during the evening hours, and I have many memories of their music. This thread is for all of you to share those memories, though they may not be exactly as remembered. Those were happy times, when they were celebrating life and prosperity; forgetting about their daily troubles, and just having a good time with friends and neighbors.
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Cotton eyed Joe

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:59 am

This was the favorite of all, hands down, of my Irish grandfather:
The Cotton eyed Joe.
He played it on "fiddle" (violin).
My Grandmother accompanied on the piano sometimes.

The YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnRDWM4ZDzU

My grandparents would often play this in our family get-togethers, and he also played it at some dances at places like VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) halls. No, he was not a vet. It is fitting that this vid is of old-folk, because they were. I was just a kid then.
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Re: Folk and traditional songs

Unread postby tetropods » Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:20 am

My dad plays the mandolin, guitar, and the harmonica in an old timey band he's in called the semi-local strings.
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Re: Folk and traditional songs

Unread postby H3RM3S78 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:02 am

I created a thread a while back on Greek traditional dances. Any other folk act thread will be linked to this one.
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Re: Folk and traditional songs

Unread postby dr210077 » Fri May 28, 2010 11:22 pm

HW, I love some of this "Blue Grass" music. Have you checked out the movie "Oh Brother Were Art Thou'" the movie is based on Homer's "The Odyssey" and features some great folk music!
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Re: Folk and traditional songs

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:00 am

dr210077 wrote:HW, I love some of this "Blue Grass" music. Have you checked out the movie "Oh Brother Were Art Thou'" the movie is based on Homer's "The Odyssey" and features some great folk music!

My wife has the soundtrack CD, gave it to her for Xmas one year. Yeah, I thought it was OK. More specifically, I disliked a few of the songs, and it seemed to taint the whole thing for me. But there were some good ones.

When I was young, I grew up with my grandparents and mother playing folk music. The women played the piano or harmonica and my 1/2 Irish granddad played the fiddle or the banjo. I fell asleep many nights while they were playing. We went to my grandparents house almost every weekend for many years when I was young. It really made me less appreciative of it, as a matter of fact I got tired of the same old songs over and over. Songs like "Franky and Johnny." Oh well, those times are just memories now.
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