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The Bahamas: Islands of Song

Various Artists
The Bahamas: Islands of Song

This compilation of music from the Bahamas includes goombay rake-and-scrape dance bands (goombay refers to both the skin drum and the ensemble as a whole), spirituals, and fingerpicking guitar music. All the performers on this recording participated in the 1994 Festival of American Folklife, an annual event presented on the Mall in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institute’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. They were recorded in Nassau on 2 and 3 February 1995.

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Track Listing

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You ain't hurryin' me Dicey Doh Singers 2:32
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102
Girl, if I write you Nat Saunders 2:35
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103
Watermelon is spoilin' on the vine Thomas Cartwright and the Boys 2:44
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104
Rain children Sons of Andros 2:10
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105
When I get inside Cat Island Mites and Friends 1:31
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106
I'm going home on the morning train Israel Forbes 2:46
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107
Big belly man polka Ed Moxey's Rake 'n Scrape 2:22
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108
All in the woods Avis Armbrister and Almeda Campbell 3:19
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109
Let the church roll on Dicey Doh Singers 2:08
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110
Lynn Nat Saunders 2:46
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111
Went to the bight Cat Island Mites 1:36
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112
Nobody's darling but mine Thomas Cartwright and the Boys 2:37
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113
Christian automobile Sons of Andros 2:15
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114
Let me call you sweetheart Israel Forbes 2:25
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115
Sloop John B Dicey Doh Singers 2:10
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Jimmy bend a tree while it's young Thomas Cartwright and the Boys 2:45
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117
Round and round the bar room Nat Saunders, Huelon Newbold, and Orlando Turnquest 3:30
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118
Roll of pin Alvis Armbrister and Almeda Campbell 4:29
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119
Dry bones Sons of Andros 3:01
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120
Bid you goodnight Cat Island Mites 2:59
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121
The Timestable Ed Moxey's Rake 'n Scrape 2:14
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122
God sent Jonah Israel Forbes 2:50
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Liar Dicey Doh Singers 2:13

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