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Wolf River Songs

Various Artists
Wolf River Songs

Traditional songs of the Wisconsin lumberjacks are performed by the Walker family. Recorded in 1956 by Sidney Roberston Cowel, the songs are part of Walker family tradition (detailed in the liner notes) sung during cold winters working in logging camps. The songs find their origin in 19th century sailing songs that can be traced back through New England, Eastern Canada and the Great Lakes. The songs are not the usual work songs but instead "They are primarily tale- ballads rather than songs. Their hallmark is a sense of prodigious in human effort and experience."

Track Listing

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The Little Brown Bulls Robert Walker 3:17
102
The Lost Jimmie Whalen Robert Walker 3:11
103
We are Anchored by the Roadside, Jim Robert Walker 1:29
104
Foreman Monroe Warde Ford 2:39
105
River Driver's Song Warde Ford 1:18
106
The Keith and Hiles Line Warde Ford 1:31
107
The Nightingales of Spring Warde Ford 3:47
108
The Wild Colonial Boy Robert Walker 1:48
109
Brennan on the Moor Carlton Hawks 2:12
110
Land of Pleasure Elizabeth Walker Ford 1:53
201
The Low Lands Low, or The Golden Willow Tree (Child No. 286) Warde Ford 3:36
202
Andrew Batan (Child No. 250) Warde Ford 3:32
203
Young Johnny Warde Ford 2:50
204
The Flying Cloud Robert Walker 4:49
205
The Sinking of the Cumberland Warde Ford 2:46
206
The Wreck of the Lady Sherbrooke Robert Walker 3:15
207
Pretty Polly (The False-Hearted Knight)(Child No. 4) Clara Hawks Tracy 4:29

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