Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Early in the Morning" - in Slave Songs of the United States (1867)

Early in the Morning - Andrew Calhoun

Sea Island Spiritual found in "Slave Songs of the United States," published 1867.
"Walk 'em easy round the heaven [3x]
Till all living may join that band."
Video by Muriel Poehler, Royalton, MN 4/20/2009

Calhoun is a Chicago singer-songwriter who specializes in Sea Island spirituals and Anglo-Celtic traditional music. From his website: "Veteran Chicago area folksinger/songwriter Andrew Calhoun is joined in performance by his daughter Casey, adding vocals and interpretive dance. Casey's pure, distinctive voice takes the lead on songs by artists from Anais Mitchell to Frank Loesser, and adds new dimensions of harmony and call-and-response to Calhoun originals, Scottish ballads and folksongs, and rare 19th century African-American spirituals. Casey, an accomplished dancer, moves to Mary Oliver's poetry and Dave Carter's music in this striking, joyful combination of complementary talents."

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