dorothy ann’s three comments

  • Shape note tradition

    Wayfaring Stranger is part of the shape note singing tradition of the south. It appears in The Sacred Harp (which refers to it as a well-known southern folk song) but strangely not before 1936 since it’s considered much older. The song plays an import… more…

  • Oscar Wright West VA connection

    Miles Krassen’s 1973 book *Appalachian FIddle* attributes the version printed there to Oscar Wright but learned from Henry Reed. He also says modal tunes of this type were most common in parts of WVA & eastern KY, a modality probably brought by *se… more…

  • Gold rush music by Off to California

    This group takes its name from the famous Irish hornpipe. It specializes in music of the California gold rush & 19th century. A musical journey through historic California, this recording was inspired by the gold rush of 1849 and the lesser-known Sa… more…