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Thread #8709   Message #54678
Posted By: rich r
18-Jan-99 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Blacksmith of Brandywine (Pat Garvey)
Subject: RE: REQ: Blacksmith of Brandywine
As cited above, Blacksmith of Brandywine can be found on the New Christy Minstrels album :"Land of Giants" (Columbia CS 8987- stereo or Columbia CL 2187 -mono). The song is not traditional but was written by Pat and Victoria Garvey. The twosome also wrote a song called "The Loving of the Game" that was recorded by Judy Collins on the album "Judith" and is also found on several JC collection re-releases. "The Blacksmith of Brandywine" has been recorded at least 2 other times. Once on a cacsette by Michael Longcor titled "Lovers, Heroes & Rogues". Searching for Michael Longcor on the web reveals that this cassette has apparently been reissued and the necessary information is there. An apparent third recording was by Julie Ecklar on an album called "Brandywine". There have also been a couple parodies of the song that probably best fall into the "filk" category. I saw the lyrics to one of them and had no idea who they were talking about. The NCM album can be found around the used record venues. I bought a copy about 3 months ago and will transcribe the words as soon as I can. As for the historical accuracy, I cannot verify, if it is true or based on a nugget of fact or merely a 1777 "urban legend". The NCM album has songs about Joe Magarac, John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Stormalong, Johnny Appleseed et al., characters that are much more legend than history. A web site dedicated to the Phildelphia campaign of the Revolution (Brandywine, Germantown, Paoli, Battle of the Clouds etc) in 1777 did not describe the incident of the song. Furthermore the song itself describes part of the "events" occuring in Chestertown, which is in Maryland a ways away from the site of the Brandywine battle. There is also a town of Brandywine in Maryland. So it is at least possible that the "incident" if true happened in Maryland. Some historical expert will need to discover this. I personally do not trust RAndy Sparks liner notes as the last words on historical facts.

rich r