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Songs of the Georgia Islands

Le Scaramouche 18 Aug 05 - 12:38 PM
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Subject: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 12:38 PM

Are there any recordings of songs from the islands of the Georgia coast?


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: MMario
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 12:45 PM

Southern Journey, Vol. 13: Earlist Times - Georgia Sea Island Songs For Everyday Living


4 left on amazon


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: masato sakurai
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 01:19 PM

Though the island (Johns Island) is in SC, listen to Been in the Storm So Long: A Collection of Spirituals, Folk Tales and Children's Games from Johns Island, SC.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: PoppaGator
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 02:20 PM

It's been many years, but I remember hearing some wonderful recordings by "The Georgia Sea Island Singers" ~ simply amazing freely-improvised "primitive" Gospel harmonies. This was back in the mid-60s, during the "folk revivial" era, and I believe there were entire albums (12" LPs) available.

I would hope that at least some of this material would be available today, maybe even converted to CD format. Maybe ask Dick at CAMSCO (?)


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 02:39 PM

Thank you all. The music seems very fascinating, exotic almost and I'd like to learn more about it.

Is "Row, Michael, Row" a relation of "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore"?


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 04:02 PM

There are also albums by Bessie Jones - there were several on Amazon the last time I looked (I've got the Put your hand on your hip and let your backside slip - a CD of 2 albums released earlier as So Glad I'm Here - folk song, gospel and children's songs and Step It Down - children's games in song and music).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: Severn
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 06:57 PM

Besides the Southern Journey CD and the Bessie Jones material cited above, there are more Lomax recordings on CD as part of the Sounds Of The South 4 CD boxed set (Atlantic 7 82496-2). On LP and tape, (and maybe CD, as Vanguard has reconfigured a lot of thier stuff for reissue-sometimes more than once) check out some of the Vanguard Newport Folk Festival recordings. On LP, specifically, "The Evening Concerts At Newport-Vol.1" (1963) & "Traditional Music At Newport, 1964-Part 2"

Before the Southern Journey series was issued on CD, some of the Lomax recordings were on LP on New world Records (NW 278) "Georgia Sea Island Songs"

I picked up a self-issued cassette of the current version of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, "I'm On My Way" at a library sale with spoken intros to some songs o give historical background and the contact address for them was:

Frankie Quimby
2428 Cleburne St.
Brunswick, GA 31520

...And I heard this group of them perform on one of the Folkmasters At Wolf Trap syndicated radio shows a few years ago. Some material from those shows has been issues on Smithsonian Folkways since then, so I'd check the Folkways catalog. I have it on tape from the radio.

I believe Rounder has a Bessie Jones compilation out on CD.

Hope this helps!


Severn Savage
Librarian Incongruous
The Library Of Digress


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: masato sakurai
Date: 18 Aug 05 - 08:12 PM

There's a book of Gerogia Sea Islands songs: Lydia Parrish, Slave Songs of the Gerogia Sea Islands (1942, 1992, University of Georgia Press). Some songs are in Bessie Jones & Bess Lomax Hawes, Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage (Harper & Row, 1972).


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: radriano
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 12:05 PM

There are lots of great songs from the Georgia Sea Islands. Besides what's been mentioned already I would add:

Bob Walser & Friends, When Our Ship Comes Home. Songs from this recording include the following,

LONG SUMMER DAY - from a 1935 recording trip to the Bahamas made by Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle. It's a boat-launching song that was sung by a group of Andros Island men.

HO THE LAST ONE - also from the 1935 recording trip to the Bahamas made by Alan Lomax, Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle. Considered a boat-launching song.

Kasin & Adrianowicz, Boldly from the Westward:

SUNDOWN BELOW - a shanty sung by slave stevedores as a hint to the captain that there was little sunlight left to see what they were doing. This song is mentioned in Lydia Parrish's Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 01:11 PM

The current lineup of the Georgia Sea Island Singers has a recently recorded CD, available directly from them. Website: www.gacoast.com/navigator/quimbys.html.

Just to note that the first two songs Radriano lists are not Georgia sea Island songs, but are from the West Indies. I think he might have had the request for Georgia Sea Island songs confused with a request for Bahamian/West Indian island songs. Good ones, though :-).

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: radriano
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 02:20 PM

Nice try, Chanteyranger, but those songs were learned from West Indies singers by Georgia Sea Island singers.

You see, uh, well, maybe I am confused.

Wait a minute. What were we talking about?

Yep, I'm confused all right. Hey, is that why people have started calling my Confusious? I thought it was a reference to my general omnicience. Apparently I'm confused about spelling too.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 02:30 PM

Guy and Candie Carawan have made a mammoth collection of field recordings in the Georgia Sea Islands. Find online, in the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, THE SOUTHERN FOLKLIFE COLLECTION, and THE GUY AND CANDIE CARAWAN COLLECTION. One can spend days and weeks there!

My especial favorite, sung at the New Year Watch, is "Yonder Come Day!" Bessie Jones, a strong and wonderful woman and a dear friend, used to sing this one often, as it was endlessly requested, at Pinewoods Folk Week (Buzzards' Bay,MA)in the older days of '60s, '70s, '80s... so many memories. Also,she sang with a group of her neighbors, "The Georgia Sea Island Singers," at many places round the country. Other songs which became wellknown were, "Ain't You Got a Right To the Tree of Life?" and "We Shall Overcome."

I continue to marvel at how soon one's accomplishments in this world are forgotten!


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: radriano
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 04:42 PM

Hey kytrad,

I accessed the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but could not get to the Guy and Candie Carawan Collection archives to listen to anything. Any suggestions?

Guy and Candie Carawan Collection


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: wysiwyg
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 06:29 PM

Strongly recommend you check out an old thread, "Oh My Gosh and Gullah!"

A few of the links don't work anymore, but the sound and video-- and much of the rest-- appear current.

Enjoy the trip! (Send postcards!)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 Aug 05 - 10:10 PM

My previous group "Raw Silk", really enjoyed doing "Things Are Coming My Way", which was a Bessie Jones number - I think we may have come by it from a Harmony Sisters LP - be great to hear the original !!!


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 12:09 PM

No, Radriano, those first two songs songs weren't and aren't sung by Georgia Sea Island Singers. I think you are mixing different island traditions together.


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Subject: RE: Songs of the Georgia Islands
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 10:29 PM

Radnano- I started my search by going to Google and typing in, Guy and Candie Carawan- and then found all the rest. It's simple- sometimes that's the best way.


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