TRADITIONAL MUSIC GROUP HERITAGE RELEASES CD
Heritage will release its music CD and perform at the Julian Back County Music Jamboree, Sept. 17, and at the Rendezvous in Poway, Sept. 16-18
SAN DIEGO, Calif. The traditional music group Heritage is releasing its new CD, "The Musical History Tour: Songs and Dance Tunes of the Early American Frontier," in conjunction with its performances at the Julian Back Country Music Jamboree & Banjo Fiddle Contest on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Rendezvous in Poway, Sept. 16, 17, 18.
The group, which dresses in period outfits, is dedicated to perpetuating the tradition of the "handmade" music of the early American frontier when instrumentation may have been limited to fiddle, four-string banjo and a pair of wooden spoons.
"This CD is for our fans, who have been asking for a recording of our music for several years now," said Larry "Friar" Edwards, the fiddler in the band.
"We have assembled a selection of ballads and dance tunes representative of the music that enriched the lives of explorers, fur traders, hunters, pioneers, and homesteaders as they pushed westward across North America," added Chuck "Strummer" Preble, the band's guitarist.
Heritage will perform at the Julian music jamboree at noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Frank Lane Park in Julian, CA. The group also will be a part of the historical encampment at Old Poway Park, where it will play its period music on Friday, Sept. 16, as well as the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Sept. 17, and throughout the day on Sunday, Sept. 18. The group also performs regularly at the blacksmith shop in Old Town San Diego.
The CD will be available for purchase at all events. It is also available online at CD Baby.
Known as traditional or old-time music, the recording features folk songs and sea chanteys from the 18th and early 19th centuries, including Rosin the Bow, The Gum Tree Canoe, Shenandoah, Golden Vanity, and Wayfaring Stranger, as well as fiddle and minstrel tunes of that era, including St. Anne's Reel, Old French, Leather Britches, Cuffy, Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow, Damon's Winder, Yellow Barber and Grasshopper Sittin’ on a Sweet Potato Vine.
Shenandoah is a 19th century folk song dedicated to Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who joined Lewis and Clark in 1805 and saved the expedition from a potential massacre. Old French is a French-Canadian tune dedicated to Pierre Cruzatte, the one-eyed fiddler with the Corps of Discovery and who shot Meriwether Lewis in the buttocks after mistaking him for an elk.
The album also spotlights an original composition by Edwards. Titled Manitoulin Thunder, the fiddle tune carries on the tradition of toe-tapping dance music from a bygone era.
"As you listen to the music, imagine sitting by a remote campfire or on a front porch in the backwoods, or attending a frolic or barn raising on the early American frontier," said Mike "Hat Man" Robinson, who plays percussion instruments and has been a historical reenactor all his life.
For more information about the band, its performances and its CD, visit the Heritage website at http://www.larryedwards.com/heritage/
For more information about the Julian Back Country Music Jamboree, visit: http://www.backcountrymusicjamboree.com
For more information about the Rendezvous in Poway, visit: http://www.powaymidlandrr.org/rendezvous.htm
The trio of musicians and reenactors has been playing together since 1999 and appears regularly at mountain man rendezvous and historical encampments of the American colonial and fur trade eras, and similar events. The group also performs at schools, museums, wooden boat shows and private events.
The musicians include Larry "Friar" Edwards, fiddle and vocals; Chuck "Strummer" Preble, guitar, banjo, mandolin, flute, whistle and vocals; and Mike "Hat Man" Robinson, percussion and vocals.
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