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Thread #35605 Message #4000686
Posted By: GUEST,the beat greens
14-Jul-19 - 09:00 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
Subject: RE: Origin: Turtledove Done Drooped His Wings
Praise Bessie Jones and her grandfather Jet Samson for remembering and sharing this song.
I first heard Bessie Jones sing with the Georgia Sea Islands singers at Newport Folk Festival in the early sixties. I don't believe she performed Turtle Dove (aka Turkle Dove) at Newport; (we learned it later from the Sharon Mountain Harmony disc), but the songs she did sing (and shared over the years) certainly lit up and sweetened a lot of lives.
Georgia Sea Island Singers (along with Bernice Reagan and the Freedom Singers as I recall) also taught tonal clapping (pitches varied by cupping or flattening the palms), a rhythm tool perfected by enslaved musicians who were forbidden to pay drums and used hand-claps to echo the polyrhythms and tones of African talking drums.
We aim to open our free July 23rd concert at Salt Pond Visitors Center on Cape Cod with "Turtle Dove." It's become the beat greens' unofficial theme song!