Thursday, March 10, 2011

Songs of the Wilderness Road - New Salem - "Kitchen Musician" - songs and misc. living history notes

Including the only sheet music I've seen that makes sense for "Bonaparte's Retreat" (no lap dulcimer tab, tho') in the directory of Downloadable Music for Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle, Tinwhistle, Recorder, etc., Alpha List.

"The Kitchen Musician" is a series of 8-1/2-by-11 format early American, Scottish and Irish sheet music -- plus really good basic information on hammered dulcimers and living history. By Sarah Johnson, who writes a music column for
Smoke & Fire, a magazine for black powder reenactors and buckskinners. I have her book of tunes by Irish harp composer Turloch O'Carolan, and I've seen other material at festivals and on the Kitchen Music website. Recommend it highly. Not all of the music would have been known at New Salem, but she has a lot of music and information about the Old Northwest, including "St. Clair's Defeat" and "Boatman Dance," as well as articles on Ohio River boatmen and other topics of interest to us.

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