Lester Scafidi’s fifteen comments

  • Re: Whiskey, You’re The Devil

    You're right. more…

  • Re: Click Go The Shears

    Not exactly traditional. Originally a song, "Strike the Bell Watchman," written by Henry Clay Work. more…

  • Re: Whiskey, You’re The Devil

    Obviously, not a polka, but a strathspey. more…

  • Re: The Log Drivers’

    Written by Wade Hemsworth, of Canada, who also wrote the popular "Black Fly Song." more…

  • Re: Macpherson’s Rant

    I found it interesting that when I hired Norman Kennedy back in the 1970's for a concert, he reversed the melodies, and sang the A part with the B melody, and vice versa. Since he is a traditional singer (i.e. he learned from veteran singers who would not... more…

  • Come, kiss me love

    This is also the melody that the Ian Campbell Folk Group used many years ago for the song "Come, Kiss Me Love". more…

  • Dance

    Although introduced to Virginia by Roger de Coverley, the Virginia Reel dance has been compared to, and some say is based on, the mating dance of the partridge... more…

  • Time signature

    I think if you listen carefully to most recordings, you will find that this song is actually in a slow 6/8 time. Defintely not 4/4. more…

  • Composer

    This tune was actually written by Susie Secco, another western Mass. musician, not Susan Conger -- see Susan Conger's tune book Along the River, p. 40. more…

  • It was also collected by Canadian Folklorist Edith Fowke. more…