John McCutcheon – How Can I Keep from Singing?

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Songs
How Can I Keep FROM Singing?; The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife; Bluebird Song; Hammer Dulcimer Medley: Laird O’ Drum Blair, Cincinnati Hornpipe, Petronella, Chorus Jig; Omie Wise; The Blind Fiddler; Froggie Went a’ Courtin’; Mole in the Ground; Elvaton; Down Came an Angel; Fiddle Medley: Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Jude’s Last Tune; Blue Ridge Mountain Refugees; Steals of the White Man; and Christ Child Lullaby.

John McCutcheon – hammer dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, autoharp, vocals; Tom Bledsoe – French harp, vocals; Rich Kirby – banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals; Gary Slemp – guitar, vocals; Jack Wright – Jew’s harp, bass, guitar, vocals.

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Songs
How Can I Keep FROM Singing?; The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife; Bluebird Song; Hammer Dulcimer Medley: Laird O’ Drum Blair, Cincinnati Hornpipe, Petronella, Chorus Jig; Omie Wise; The Blind Fiddler; Froggie Went a’ Courtin’; Mole in the Ground; Elvaton; Down Came an Angel; Fiddle Medley: Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Jude’s Last Tune; Blue Ridge Mountain Refugees; Steals of the White Man; and Christ Child Lullaby.

John McCutcheon – hammer dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, autoharp, vocals; Tom Bledsoe – French harp, vocals; Rich Kirby – banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals; Gary Slemp – guitar, vocals; Jack Wright – Jew’s harp, bass, guitar, vocals.

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1 review for John McCutcheon – How Can I Keep from Singing?

  1. magnoliachica

    I might be biased, having grown up listening to this album, but I do think it is a hidden gem among folk and Appalachian music albums. From John McCutcheon’s heartrending and haunting “Blue Ridge Mountain Refugees” to the rollicking “Froggie Went A’ Courtin’,” from the crystalline tones of the hammer dulcimer medley to the tragic ballad of the blind fiddler, this album offers a wonderful glimpse into the history of European settlers in the Appalachians. Plus it’s just a group of incredible musicians. I still sing some of these songs to my kids (the Blue Bird Song is one I learned from this album, and my kids love it), and I hope that the legacy of this recording will continue.

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