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Folk Songs of the Catskills (New York)

Folk Songs of the Catskills (New York)

Stretching across western New York State from Lake Erie to the Hudson River, the picturesque Catskills Mountains have a rich folk song tradition. Barbara Moncure, although an Ohio native, spent many of her summers in the Catskills, collecting folk songs from tradition-bearers who are acknowledged in the liner notes.

Harry Siemsen, a Catskills resident who learned his songs through oral tradition, engaged in a variety of professions and was the official historian for the Town of Kingston. He sings two songs on the album as solos, and he and Barbara join forces in three lighthearted dialog songs.

Extensive liner notes discuss the history of life in the Catskills and provide information about each song along with its lyrics.

Track Listing

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My Good Looking Man Barbara Moncure 3:47
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102
The Bluestone Quarries Barbara Moncure 2:55
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103
The Foggy Dew Barbara Moncure 2:19
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104
Simple Little Nancy Brown Harry Siemsen 1:52
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105
The Spotted Cow Harry Siemsen 4:55
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106
A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go (Froggie Went A-Courtin') Barbara Moncure 2:58
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107
Jennie Jenkins Barbara Moncure 2:18
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201
The Grumbling Driver Barbara Moncure 2:51
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202
The Lexington Murder Barbara Moncure 5:13
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203
Madam, I Have Gold and Silver Barbara Moncure and Harry Siemsen 1:34
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204
The Quaker's Courtship Barbara Moncure and Harry Siemsen 2:37
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205
D. and H. Canal Song Barbara Moncure 1:30
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206
The Gray Goose Barbara Moncure 1:57
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207
The Delhi Jail Barbara Moncure 0:56
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208
Noah's Ark Barbara Moncure 2:08
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209
Soldier, Oh Soldier, Won't You Marry Me? Barbara Moncure and Harry Siemsen 2:08
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