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Grand Canal Ballads: History of the Erie Canal

Grand Canal Ballads: History of the Erie Canal

The Golden Eagle String Band presents stories about the Erie Canal through song. Opening in 1825 and linking Lake Erie to New York City by way of the Hudson River, the Erie Canal was a major force in the commercial life of New York State, creating many jobs as well as rich folklore. The album includes perhaps the best known and best loved canal song, “Low Bridge, Everybody Down.”

The Golden Eagle String Band is composed of 16 musicians (plus four children), who, in addition to singing, perform on 12 different folk instruments. For another Smithsonian Folkways recording of New York State songs performed by the Golden Eagle String Band, see Body, Boots and Britches: Folk Songs of New York State (FW32317).

Liner notes detail the history of the canal (including historic photos) and provide the background and lyrics for each song.

Track Listing

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Oh! Dat Low Bridge The Golden Eagle String Band 2:54
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Paddy on the Canal The Golden Eagle String Band 4:00
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Dark-Eyed Canaller The Golden Eagle String Band 1:47
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104
I'm Afloat on the Erie Canal The Golden Eagle String Band 2:09
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Ballad of the Erie Canal The Golden Eagle String Band 2:44
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Boating on a Bull-Head The Golden Eagle String Band 3:48
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Meeting on the Waters of the Hudson and Erie The Golden Eagle String Band 2:33
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The Er-i-e The Golden Eagle String Band 3:30
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202
A Trip on the Erie The Golden Eagle String Band 1:18
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203
That Long Canal The Golden Eagle String Band 3:57
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Canawler, Canawler, Hoggee on the Towpath The Golden Eagle String Band 1:54
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The Raging Canal The Golden Eagle String Band 5:33
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The Aged Pilot Man The Golden Eagle String Band 3:19
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Low Bridge, Everybody Down The Golden Eagle String Band 3:11

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