Wednesday, June 22, 2022

VA - Folksongs Of Another America, Field Recordings From The Upper Midwest 1937-1946 [2015] (5 x CD's)



VA - Folksongs of Another America, Field Recordings From The Upper Midwest 1937-1946  [2015] (5 x CD's)

America's Upper Midwest is a distinctive region where many indigenous and immigrant peoples have maintained, merged, and modified their folk song traditions for more than two centuries. In the 1930's and 1940's, Sidney Robertson, Alan Lomax, and Helene Stratman-Thomas, with support from the Library of Congress and armed with bulky microphones, blank disks, spare needles, and cumbersome disk-cutting machines—recorded roughly 2,000 songs and tunes throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Spanning dance tunes, ballads, lyric songs, hymns, laments, versified taunts, political anthems, street cries, and recitations, these field recordings—made by people born before or shortly after 1900 were captured at a transformative moment when America was in the throes of the Great Depression, World War II was erupting, and market-driven mass entertainment media were expanding rapidly. Yet, except for a handful of Anglo-American performances, these remarkable field recordings in more than twenty-five languages have remained largely unknown, along with the lives of their mostly immigrant, indigenous, rural, and working-class performers. This 5-CD set is teeming with African-American, Austrian, Belgian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French Canadian, German, Ho-Chunk, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Irish, Italian, Luxemburger, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Oneida, Polish, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Swedish, Swiss, and Welsh performers.

Since the 1970's, folklorist James P. Leary has worked steadily to bring the folk music of the Upper Midwest to a larger public. Folksongs of Another America presents 187 representative performances by more than 200 singers and musicians, carefully restored in digital form from deteriorating original formats. The accompanying book provides an introduction, full texts of all lyrics in the original languages and in English translation, extensive notes about each song and tune, biographical sketches and photographs of many of the performers, and details about Robertson, Lomax, and Stratman-Thomas and their fieldwork efforts as song collectors. These restored performances reveal with clarity and power a nearly lost sonic portrait of another America. (Amazon)

"Folksongs of Another America" is a groundbreaking work, covering musical and cultural ground woefully overlooked by American music scholars. "Kip Lornell, author of "Exploring American Folk Music"


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Track lists


01 Leizim Brusoe Fisher's Hornpipe 1:54

02 Leizim Brusoe Pigtown Fling 1:11

03 Leizim Brusoe Lancer's In Five Parts 4:14

04 Robert Walker Lost Jimmie Whalen 3:30

05 Warde Ford Little Brown Bulls 2:46

06 Warde Ford Crandon 2:41

07 Warde Ford & Art Ford I'd Rather Be A Nigger Than A Poor White Man 0:59

08 Charles Spencer Mighty Adley-Ca-Budley-Fatley-Ca-Ham-Shaw 0:41

09 Charles Spencer Locks And Bolts 2:57

10 Charles Spencer & Harry Fannin The Sinking Of The Titanic 2:55

11 John H. Matheson O Fair Mary 1:54

12 John H. Matheson Diamond-Patterned Socks 1:28

13 John H. Matheson Isle Of Lewis 2:42

14 John H. Matheson We Will Take The High Road 2:00

15 The Balkan Troubadours Alaj Gigi 3:03

16 The Balkan Troubadours Angelina Is Pouring Water 2:41

17 Cecilia Kuitunen Charm For Hiccups 0:31

18 Anna Leino Charm For Toothache 0:55

19 Olga Simi & Sue Simi Pium, Pium 1:24

20 Matti Simi & Sue Simi Vihlo And Bertta 2:59

21 Matti Perala Old Man's Goat 1:34

22 Josefiina Perala The Juniper 0:51

23 Otto Sarkipato Boys, Let's Go Rowing 1:03

24 Otto Sarkipato In The Middle Of The Bay 0:56

25 Maria Heino Laurila Aleksi's Accordian 0:32

26 Maria Heino No One Speaks On My Behalf 0:34

27 Maria Heino Never Cease The Aspen Leaves 1:16

28 Maria Heino Plant, O Girl 0:31


01 Fred Sargent's Shanty Song Earl Schwartztrauber And Ray Calkins 0:58

02 Otto Rindlisbacher Hounds In The Woods 1:08

03 Ray Calkins And Unknown Percussion Player Shantyboy Tune (Kväsarvalsen) 1:31

04 Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher The River In The Pines 1:15

05 Sven “shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) Dinner Horn Solo 0:40

06 Otto Rindlisbacher And Ray Calkins Soldier's Joy 0:44

07 Frank Uchytil With Otto Rindlisbacher And Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher The River In The Pines 4:03

08 Otto Rindlisbacher And John Giezendanner Woods Holler; Hoot Owl Holler 1:03

09 Otto Rindlisbacher, Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher, Ray Calkins, Frank Uchytil, Earl Schwartztrauber, And John Giezendanner Medley,  Die Lustigen Holzhackerbuab'n, The Jolly Lumberjack; Fred Sargent's Shanty Song; Schuhplattler 3:16

10 Sven “shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) Cow Horn Solo 0:12

11 Sven “shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) Lumberjack Story; Swedish Dialect Story 0:49

12 Sven “shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher), Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher, Ray Calkins, And Frank Uchytil Kväsarvalsen, Swagger Waltz 1:28

13 Otto Rindlisbacher Rippling Brook 0:42

14 Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher, Otto Rindlisbacher, And Unknown Pianist Saeterjenten's Sontag, Herdsgirl's Sunday 3:03

15 Ray Calkins Styrmans Vals, Pilot's Waltz 0:38

16 Peter H. Plante Rolling The Logs; French Dialect Story 0:59

17 Frank Uchytil Marie Patin 0:24

18 Otto Rindlisbacher And Ray Calkins Turkey In The Hay 0:44

19 Otto Rindlisbacher And Ray Calkins Woodchopper's Jig 0:41

20 Otto Rindlisbacher Gamle Reinlander, Old Reinlander 2:39

21 Otto Rindlisbacher And John Giezendanner Yodeling 0:37

22 Otto Rindlisbacher Sørland Springar'n 2:05


01 Alan Lomax Introduction To Joe Cloud 0:39

02 Joe Cloud Red River Jig 1:47

03 Joe Cloud Squaw Dance 1:22

04 Joe Cloud And Clarence Cloud White River Two-Step 1:36

05 Edward King Le Jour De L'an, New Year's Day 3:07

06 Edward King Ida Goyette, No. 1 0:44

07 John Cadeau With Ed Cadeau, Adelore Vizina, And Probably Joe Miron, Mose Bellaire, And Edward King Non Que J'aime Donc Que La Boisson / No, So I Don't Love Anything But The Drink 4:09

08 Fred Carrière La Fille Du Roi/ The King’s Daughter; Le Mariage Anglaise / The English Marriage 3:16

09 Exilia Bellaire I Went To Marquette 1:13

10 Fred Carrière Pretty Polly; Those Western Shores 3:49

11 Bill Mcbride No Sir 2:17

12 Bert Graham Joe Williams 2:23

13 Unidentified Man Torch Lake 1:41

14 Lester Wells Traverse City 1:23

15 Nils Larsen Yulia And Olaf 1:15

16 Lester Wells Long Barney 2:39

17 Adolphus Delmas Hayfoot, Strawfoot 0:30

18 Ed Thrasher Shoot The Cat 1:52

19 Charles Ketvirtis Russian Gigue 1:19

20 Charles Ketvirtis Buffalo Gals 1:02

21 Charles Ketvirtis Mother Song 2:12

22 Herman Meyers Was War An Diesem Baum? / What's On This Tree? 2:36

23 Edwina Lewandowski And Stephanie Lewandowski Chodz´cie Ga?ski Moje, Come My Little Geese 0:56

24 Felix Kania Wedding March 1:45

25 Tony Strzelecki And Possibly Tony Wasylk Irish Washerwoman 1:22

26 Tony Strzelecki Polish Polka 1:20

27 Adolph Romel And Sylvester Romel W Z?elaznej Fabryce, In The Steel Mill 1:51

28 Tony Strzelecki And Possibly Tony Wasylk Turkey In The Straw 1:39

29 Felix Kania Czerwono Posiadlo, A Zielono Zniszlo, Red When It Was Planted, Green When It Bloomed 1:51

30 Edwina Lewandowski And Stephanie Lewandowski Goldmine In The Sky 1:02

31 Yalmer Forster Kulkurin Valssi, Vagabond Waltz 1:11

32 Amanda Härkönen Kaurapellon Pientareella Kasvoi Kaunis Kukka, On The Side Of An Oat Field Grew A Beautiful Flower 0:46

33 Aapo Juhani Juliana 3:25

34 Henry Mahoski Kauhavan Polka 1:44

35 Selma Elona Halinen Pikkulintu Erämaassa Lauleleepi Suruissana, A Little Bird In The Desert Sings Sadly 0:50

36 Frank Maki Meripojan Laulu / Sailor's Song 2:08

37 Amanda Härkönen Oli Mulla Ennen Punaset Posket, I Used To Have Red Cheeks 0:34

38 Kalle Kallio Kuule Sinä Hiltu Kun Laulelen, Listen Hiltu When I Am Singing 2:41

39 Wäinö Hirvelä Kylläpä Kai, I Guess So 2:40

40 Kusti Similä Yli Kymmenen Vuotta Korpiinissa Oli Jo Asuttu, Ten Years We've Lived In Corbin 2:47

41 Lillian Aho Oi Herra, Jos Mä Matkamies Maan, Oh Lord, If I, A Wanderer Of The Earth 2:09

42 Pekka Aho And Lillian Aho Mun Kanteleeni Kauniimmin, My Kantele Will Sound More Beautiful 2:31

43 Emil Maki Suun Kloorin Kloorin Halleluuja!, Oh Glory, Glory Hallelujah! 1:07


01 Stella Stacy And Henry Thunder Flute Song 2:41

02 Winslow White Eagle War Dance 2:57

03 Wallace Smith And Albert Webster Tsyatkatho 2:11

04 Margaret “laughing Eyes” Edaakie (Eagle) And Phyllis Lewis 49 Song 1:08

05 Leizime Brusoe, Robert Mcclain, Walter Wyss, And Emery Olsen Good For The Tongue 1:28

06 Ernest Joseph Belisle Je Ne Veux Pas D'un Avocat, I Do Not Want A Lawyer 1:39

07 Charles Cardinal How They Sang The Marseillaise In Chippytown Falls 1:12

08 Mary Agnes Starr Michaud 1:29

09 Marie Donalda Lagrandeur Bonsoir, Mes Amis, Good Night, My Friends 0:45

10 Alfred Vandertie I Went To Market 0:53

11 Alfred Vandertie C’est L'café, It's The Coffee [The Kermiss Song] 0:59

12 Emile Boulanger Dance Tune 1:46

13 John Persons Cornish Story 2:07

14 William Reese And Selina Phillips Cawn Esgyn O'r, Paradise 1:43

15 Dr. Daniel W. Wickham My Welsh Relation 2:20

16 Hugh P. Jones Y Mochyn Du, The Black Pig 3:32

17 John Williams & Chorus Siani Bach / Dearest Sian 2:05

18 Lillie Greene Richmond Hide Thou Me 0:57

19 Lillie Greene Richmond Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane 0:39

20 Lillie Greene Richmond One More River 0:29

21 Preston Willis Chase The Buffalo 0:26

22 Hamilton Lobdell Barker's Call 0:58

23 Pearl Jacobs Borusky My Old Hen's A Good Old Hen 0:26

24 Pearl Jacobs Borusky Last Saturday Night I Entered A House 1:48

25 Charles Dietz Did You Ever See The Devil? 0:15

26 Charles Dietz Three Dishes And Six Questions 2:02

27 Emery Denoyer Snow Deer 1:35

28 Emery Denoyer Shantyman's Life 5:01

29 Emery Denoyer Irish Jubilee 3:42

30 John Muench With Ralph Weide Irish Washerwoman 1:59

31 Noble Brown Oh, It's Nine Years Ago I Was Diggin' In The Land 2:31

32 Robert Walker Mcnamar' From County Clare 1:57

33 Charles Robinson Fond Du Lac Jail 0:36

34 Lewis Winfield Moody Alphabet Song 2:54

35 Bill Neupert Red Light Saloon 1:27

36 John Christian Red Light Saloon 2:12

37 Bessie Gordon Gambler's Blues 2:49


01 Noble Brown My Father Was A Dutchman 0:19

02 Richard Taschek With Laura Zenz And Louis Taschek Die Deutschmeister, The German Master [Regiment] 2:03

03 Hans Huber Wiener Fiakerlied, Viennese Coachman's Song 2:08

04 Ella Mittelstadt Fischer Wir Sitzen So Fröhlich Beisamen, We Sit So Merrily Together 2:12

05 Charles Robinson Sockery's Cat 2:32

06 Martha Steinbach An Einem Fluss Daraus An Schuss, By A Rapidly Flowing River 3:35

07 Albert Mueller Landjäger, Gamekeeper 1:45

08 John Giezendanner With Albert Giezendanner Echo Yodel 1:09

09 Otto Rindlisbacher Ländler 0:53

10 Jacob C. Becker Onse Gescht Fu Chicago, Our Guests From Chicago 1:45

11 Rika Tuinstra Enhoff Schaarensliep!,  Knife Grinder! 0:27

12 Marvin Fennema Bokkie, Billy Goat 0:34

13 Anna C. Gysbers Scholten Moeder, Moeder De Beer Ist Los, Mother, Mother, The Bear Is Loose 0:13

14 Mary Tillema Smedema Epitaph 0:53

15 Dick Kok Wiene Wederslweh Bloed Volksrang, Blood Of Netherland Flows; Vlaggelied / Flag Song 3:03

16 Henry Kempers Daisy, Daisy 0:31

17 Thomas St. Angelo, Mr. And Mrs. Ambrose Degidio, And Michael Ranallo L’america È Tanto Bella, America Is Most Beautiful 1:06

18 Irene Ruffolo Sona La Mezzanotte, It Is Midnight 0:57

19 Joseph Accardi Tiki-Ti, Tiki-Ta! 2:31

20 Charles Elias Jr. Introduction To Tamburitza Instruments 0:49

21 The Elias Tamburitzans (Charles Elias Jr., Ann Elias, Martha Elias, And Mary Filipovich) Medley, Da Nije Ljubavi Nebi Svjeta Bilo, If Not For Lovers There Would Be No World; Vinca Ca, Wine, Wine 1:18

22 Charles Pelnar, John Pelnar, Bill Slatky, And Louis Kasal Švestková Alej, Prune Song 0:30

23 Yuba Bohemian Band (Otto Stanek, Wencil Stanek, George Mcgilvery, William Tydrich, Anton Stanek, Nick Rott, Martin Rott, And Alfred Stanek) Popelka Polka, Cinderella Polka 1:44

24 Emily Bauer Mcclure And Mayme Bauer Doser Pod Našima Okny, Underneath Our Windows 1:23

25 Emily Bauer Mcclure And Mayme Bauer Doser Když Jsem Šel Cestic?kou Úzkou, As I Walked That Narrow Path 2:07

26 Albert Wachuta Voják Od Prairie Du Chien, Soldier From Prairie Du Chien 3:05

27 John Ciezczak Zbojniki, Bandits' Dance 1:16

28 John Ciezczak In The Style Of Sabala 0:51

29 Bernice Bartosz Matus´ Moja, Matus´, Mommy, My Mommy 1:22

30 Bernice Bartosz Miales´ Czapke?, Hat With Peacock Feathers 1:01

31 Adam Bartosz Zajumialy Bory, The Forests Roared 0:31

32 Stasia Pokora A Witajz?e, Oh Hello 1:49

33 Lithuanian Group From The Church Of The Immaculate Conception (John Abromaitis, John Aldakauskas, Lucia Aldakauskas, Mary Aldakauskas, Ruth Baranoucky, Ann Belekevich, Edward Girdaukas, Alexander F. Skeris, Stella Skeris, Agnes Zupancich) Subatos Vakare?li, Saturday Night I Saddled My Black Horse 2:02

34 Jalmar Nukala And Mamie Wirtanen Nukala Tula Tullallaa, Posket Pullalla, Cheeks Full Of Pulla 1:12

35 Abel Jotblad Flickan På Bellmansro, The Girl At Bellmansro 1:56

36 Charles O. Lindberg Luffarevisa, Hobo Song 0:29

37 Ruth Johnson Olson And Alice Johnson Carlson Julen Är Inne, Christmas Is Here 1:04

38 Kamma Grumstrup Fra Fjerne Lande Kom Hun Dronning Dagmar, From Far Lands Came Queen Dagmar 1:48

39 Otto Rindlisbacher Fannitullen, Devil On The Wine Keg 2:09

40 Alice Everson Kom Kjyra, Come Cows 0:17

41 Britha Lothe And Hannah Haug Her Er Det Land, This Is The Land 1:36

42 Hans Waag Gamle Mor, Old Mother 1:25

43 Psalmodikon Quartet (Elsie Thompson, Emily Thompson Flugstad, Nora Thompson Brickson, And Bertha Larson) Yderst Mod Norden, Far In The North 1:18

44 Sigurline Bjarnarson And Christine Gudmundsen Ólafur Reið Með Björgum Fram / Olafur Rode Beneath The Cliffs 2:50




  1. Thank you! Always a treat to hear more from the Old, Weird America

    1. Hi festoonic,
      I like the history lesson that come with these box sets. There is a lot to enjoy.