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Brent Santin and Gary Mallon
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Brent Santin and Gary Mallon
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1866: Music of Canada West
Folk, minstrel, popular & classical music that could have been heard in Canada West (Upper Canada) up to the year 1866. Played on period instruments.
Release date: May 2002
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1
Anti-Fenian Song
This song was popular among the Canadian volunteers who were sent to confront U.S. based Fenian invaders during the 1860s.
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1:23
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Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
The tune the Anti-Fenian Song was taken from this Northern U.S. Civil War song (performed on 19th century sax-horns).
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0:52
3
Ave Verum Corpus
This choral piece, by W. A. Mozart is played on a melodeon dating from the 1860s.
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2:42
4
The Spinning Wheel Song
The gentle melody and rhythm of this song imitates the cycle of a spinning wheel.
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2:47
5
Long, Long Ago
This song (published in 1843 and performed here acapella) quickly became very popular, especially in the U.S.A.
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2:21
6
Shady Grove
'Shady Grove' is actually a North American derivation of a much older English Ballad: 'Matty Groves'.
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1:48
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Gentle Annie
A Stephen Foster song played on an original late 19th-century 'square' piano.
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2:02
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Folk Medley
This medley consists of three traditional Scottish & Irish tunes: Mairi's Wedding, Scotland the Brave and Dennis Murphy's Polka.
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3:00
9
The Glendy Burke
Another Steven Foster Song, written in 1860, near the end of his life.
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1:50
10
Blind Mary
A tune attributed to the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (b. 1670 - d. 1738)
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2:50
11
Donkey Riding
The origins of this Canadian folk song are unclear, but its tune may derive from the Scottish song 'Hielund Laddie'.
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1:25
12
Un Canadien Errant
The lyric of this song was written in the early 1840s to describe the feelings of isolation & lonliness experienced by a French-Canadian in exile.
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3:07
13
The Greenland Whale Fishery
This song celebrates the fortunes & hazards of the booming whaling industry of the 1850s.
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2:23
14
Rowan Tree
According to Celtic legend, the Rowan is a magical tree which sybolizes beauty, privacy, sanctuary and peace.
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3:40
15
O Rest In the Lord
A solo piece by Felix Mendelssohn from his oratorio 'Elijah'. Played on a mid-19th century melodeon.
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2:46
16
Honest Irish Lad
A song of Irish immigration to North America.
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3:05
17
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory...
Also known as 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'. Played on mid-19th century Saxhorns.
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0:56
18
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
An excerpt from Christoph Gluck's opera 'Orfeo ed Euridice', performed on an 1860s melodeon.
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1:37
19
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
The words for this song come from a poem by Canadian G. W. Johnson of Glanford, Ontario (near Hamilton).
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2:56
20
Shenandoah
This song may have been derived from an earlier aboriginal or French-Canadian Voyageur song.
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3:36
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