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Fredericksburg47th
05-01-2012, 04:27 PM
Post the titles of your favorite songs or tunes from the antebellum period or from the war. Federal, Confederate, religious, instrumental all qualify. Trying to get a good playlist together for a friend who is just now getting into living history.

Thanks!

42ndMissCoIPvtHenson
05-01-2012, 04:50 PM
I am with Company I, 42nd Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Reg't, My Pards and I can't get enough of 2nd South!

A few of my favorites from this group include:

1 Dixie
2 Southern Soldier
3 Richmond is a Hard Road
4 Old Dan Tucker
5 Jine The Cavalry
6 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
7 Ring De Banjo
8 Kingdom Coming
9 Cumberland Gap
10 Goober Peas

and of course, if your friend has seen Gods and Generals this band was the one that performed Bonnie Blue Flag when the Texas troops put on the show during winter camp...Classic!

Hope this helps get him started!

Boyd Miles
05-01-2012, 11:11 PM
Stephen Foster hit from 1853 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzhWxcE7pp8)

Pvt Schnapps
05-01-2012, 11:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I782fhe-M94

Pvt Schnapps
05-01-2012, 11:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VESPaN2ig3w&feature=related

Pvt Schnapps
05-01-2012, 11:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE1qC61EvwY

Pvt Schnapps
05-01-2012, 11:57 PM
This actually is my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lli2DL2oAPE

Pvt Schnapps
05-01-2012, 11:59 PM
This is pretty good, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWv6g1JCFN4

Boyd Miles
05-01-2012, 11:59 PM
Enjoying your choices, you are posting them faster than I can listen.

Pvt Schnapps
05-02-2012, 12:01 AM
Although, really, rock on Gottschalk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45bqK_MRHZM

Pvt Schnapps
05-02-2012, 12:12 AM
And finally here's a real classic, a 1920 Duo-Art reproducing piano roll recording of "The Banjo" by Arthur Friedheim, who probably heard it played by the maestro himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvUfb3K5D_E&feature=related

Can't get any more period than this.

Pvt Schnapps
05-02-2012, 12:33 AM
can't believe I almost forgot this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMwqwDkndiM

Sharps_user84
05-02-2012, 11:59 AM
More of a Union guy myself....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnFslAH6Gro

Sharps_user84
05-02-2012, 12:21 PM
these guys arent bad either, i really miss being in the lower 48, fife and drums were my favorite part of doing civil war, nothing like marching to the beat of drums. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGdeU41pM8

Boyd Miles
05-02-2012, 12:53 PM
Not the campfire song version but more adaptable than some of the others listed above. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSCbecgieVY)

Pvt Schnapps
05-02-2012, 03:11 PM
Not the campfire song version but more adaptable than some of the others listed above. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSCbecgieVY)

True that :)

Rufus
05-02-2012, 09:11 PM
Anything by Stephen Foster but Glendy Burke and Gentle Annie are probably my favorites though.

Silas
05-02-2012, 09:34 PM
You mean songs like In the Merry Month of May and Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair?

Trish Hasenmueller
05-02-2012, 09:54 PM
Let's add Septimus Winner as a song writer too...always with humor! http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=septimus+winner&oq=septimus+winner&aq=f&aqi=g2&aql=&gs_l=youtube-psuggest-reduced.12..0l2.4112.8607.0.11423.15.15.0.5.5.0.86 .610.10.10.0.

Boyd Miles
05-02-2012, 11:35 PM
Bet you know most of the words (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL44hJ6jtJo)

Boyd Miles
05-02-2012, 11:55 PM
An 1857 song you know and have sung all your life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Kyf5kxOn8)

Pvt Schnapps
05-03-2012, 07:34 AM
W. S. Lincoln describes soldiers of the 34th Massachusetts receiving a new clothing issue and singing "Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be" as they burned their old threads. Somewhere else I read that the same song was played or sung after military funerals, while marching back from the cemetery.

hanktrent
05-03-2012, 08:23 AM
An 1857 song you know and have sung all your life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Kyf5kxOn8)

Different tune in the period, though. I discovered the hard way at a Christmas event that the period tune does harmonize with the modern tune.

Hank Trent
hanktrent@gmail.com

Rufus
05-03-2012, 05:58 PM
You mean songs like In the Merry Month of May and Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair?

Actually Silas I was leaning more towards Some Folks and Way Down in Ca-ai-ro.

Violinist
09-14-2012, 01:49 PM
My Favorites:

A' Rovin
All Quiet Along the Potomac
Angel Band
Ash Grove
Auld Lang Syne
Aura Lee
Beautiful Dreamer
Banks of the Ohio
Battle Cry of Freedom
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Bile Dem Cabbage Down
Blackest Crow
Black Velvet Band
Bonnie Blue Flag
Buffalo Gals
Cindy
Cockles and Mussels
Cumberland Gap
Dives and Lazarus
Dixie
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Evelina
Gentle Annie
Girl I Left Behind
Glendy Burk
Goober Peas
Green Grows the Lilac
Gypsy Rover
Haul Away Joe
Hard Times Come Again No More
Ho! For California
Home, Sweet Home
Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Josephus Orange Blossum
Lakes of Pontchartrain
Li'l Liza Jane
Lock Lomond
Lorena
Minstrel Boy
Red Is the Rose
Rising of the Moon
Rose of Alabama
Rosin the Beau
Sally Goodin
Shady Grove
Shenandoah
Shepherd's Wife
Soldiers Joy
Somebody's Darling
Spanish Waltz
Suwannee River
Tom Dula
Vacant Chair
Wait For the Wagon
Wayfaring Stranger
Weeping, Sad and Lonely
What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Wild Rover
Will Ye Go, Lassie Go
Yankee Doodle
Yellow Rose of Texas

DJ_Artillery
10-08-2012, 03:27 PM
I would just say that Southern Soldier, When Johnny Comes Marching home and Goober Peas were all attributed so late in the war they likely weren't sung by troops much during the war. GAR and Confed. post-war groups sure liked 'em.

33rdaladrummer
10-09-2012, 10:47 AM
I would just say that Southern Soldier, When Johnny Comes Marching home and Goober Peas were all attributed so late in the war they likely weren't sung by troops much during the war. GAR and Confed. post-war groups sure liked 'em.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home was first published in 1863. I think it was wildly popular, at least with civilians, from 1863 to 1865. Goober Peas was first published in 1866, so you may be right about that one. When was Southern Soldier first published?

On the other hand, a song being published in 1861 didn't guarantee wartime popularity either. Availability doesn't necessarily translate into popularity.

Then you have all the sea chanteys popular with reenactors, but were they all popular with soldiers during the 1860s? And what about Minstrel Boy?

But I suppose this thread is about reenactors' favorite period music not favorite songs of 1861-1865.