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Description: hardcover, 456-page book with 5 CDs and DVD.#Armed with bulky microphones, blank disks, spare needles, and cumbersome disk-cutting machines, several folklorists had the foresight to document and preserve a significant but overlooked part of the nation’s musical heritage, made by immigrant, Native American, rural and working-class performers. Almost all of these dance tunes, ballads, lyric songs, hymns, laments, versified taunts, political anthems, street cries, and recitations are being issued for the very first time.#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.#Bonus DVD includes the new documentary film The Most Fertile Source: Alan Lomax Goes North with never-before-seen footage shot in Michigan in 1938. The accompanying book includes extensive liner notes, lyric transcriptions and translations by James P. Leary, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.#About this release:#This groundbreaking documentary project – 5 CDs of newly-restored, rare music; a new documentary film on DVD; and a richly-annotated book to go with them – weaves the songs and spirit of the Upper Midwest’s peoples into America’s folksong fabric. These tunes and songs in more than twenty-five languages showcase a significant but overlooked part of the nation’s musical heritage, made by immigrant, Native American, rural, and working class performers in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.#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 1930s and 40s, folklorists 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 2000 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.#Since the 1970s, 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.#About the author / compiler: James P. Leary is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Scandinavian Studies, professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, and a co-founder of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Wisconsin Folklore; So Ole Says to Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest; and Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music. He is co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore.#This project is a co-production between Dust-to-Digital and the University of Wisconsin Press in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Association of Cultural Equity / Alan Lomax Archive.#Tracklist#CD 1#PIGTOWN FLING#THE SIDNEY ROBERTSON RECORDINGS#Recordings of lumberjack, Finnish, Scots Gaelic, and Serbian performers captured by fieldworker Sidney Robertson in Wisconsin and Minnesota in 1937.#French Canadian#1. Leizime Brusoe – Fisher’s Hornpipe#2. Leizime Brusoe – Pigtown Fling#3. Leizime Brusoe – Lancer’s in Five Parts#Lumberjacks and Farmers#4. Robert Walker – Lost Jimmie Whalen#5. Warde Ford – Little Brown Bulls#6. Warde Ford – Crandon#7. Warde Ford and Art Ford – I’d Rather Be a Nigger than a Poor White Man#8. Charles Spencer – Mighty Adley-ca-budley-fatley-ca-ham-shaw#9. Charles Spencer – Locks and Bolts#10. Clyde Spencer and Harry Fannin – The Sinking of the Titanic#Scots Gaelic#11. John H. Matheson – A Mhàiri bhàn òg / O Fair Mary#12. John H. Matheson – Stocainnean daoimean / Diamond-Patterned Socks#13. John H. Matheson – Eilean Leòdhais / Isle of Lewis#14. John H. Matheson – Gabhaidh sinn a’ rathad mòr / We Will Take the High Road#Serbian#15. The Balkan Troubadours (Dan Radakovich, Nick Mitrovich, Lubo Mitrovich, Bob Rajacich, and George Rajacich) – Alaj Gigi#16. The Balkan Troubadours (Dan Radakovich, Nick Mitrovich, Lubo Mitrovich, Bob Rajacich, and George Rajacich) – Angelina vodu lije / Angelina Is Pouring Water#Finnish#17. Cecilia Kuitunen – Charm for Hiccups#18. Anna Leino – Charm for Toothache#19. Olga Simi and Sue Simi – Pium, paum#20. Matti Simi and Sue Simi – Vilho ja Pertta / Vilho and Bertta#21. Matti Perala – Heramäen pukki / Old Man’s Goat#22. Josefiina Perala – Kataja / The Juniper#23. Otto Sarkipato – Lähtetään pojat nyt soutelemaan / Boys, Let’s Go Rowing#24. Otto Sarkipato – Keskellä lahtea / In the Middle of the Bay#25. Maria Heino – Laurilan Aleksin harmoonipeli / Laurila Aleksi’s Accordion#26. Maria Heino – Ei kukaan puhu puolestani / No One Speaks on My Behalf#27. Maria Heino – Eikä ne haavan lehdet lakkaa / Never Cease the Aspen Leaves#28. Maria Heino – Istuta, tyttö / Plant, O Girl##CD 2#THE RIVER IN THE PINES#THE WISCONSIN LUMBERJACKS RECORDINGS#Performances of the acclaimed Wisconsin Lumberjacks band of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, recorded by both Sidney Robertson and Alan Lomax during National Folk Festivals in Chicago and Washington, D.C., in 1937 and 1938.#1. Earl Schwartztrauber and Ray Calkins – Fred Sargent’s Shanty Song#2. Otto Rindlisbacher – Hounds in the Woods#3. Ray Calkins and unknown percussion player – Shantyboy Tune (Kväsarvalsen)#4. Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher – The River in the Pines#5. Sven “Shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) – Dinner Horn Solo#6. Otto Rindlisbacher and Ray Calkins – Soldier’s Joy#7. Frank Uchytil with Otto Rindlisbacher and Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher – The River in the Pines#8. Otto Rindlisbacher and John Giezendanner – Woods Holler; Hoot Owl Holler#9. 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#10. Sven “Shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) – Cow Horn Solo#11. Sven “Shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher) – Lumberjack Story; Swedish Dialect Story#12. Sven “Shantyman” Svenson (Otto Rindlisbacher), Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher, Ray Calkins, and Frank Uchytil – Kväsarvalsen / Swagger Waltz#13. Otto Rindlisbacher – Rippling Brook#14. Iva Kundert Rindlisbacher, Otto Rindlisbacher, and unknown pianist – Saeterjenten’s sontag / Herdsgirl’s Sunday#15. Ray Calkins – Styrmans vals / Pilot’s Waltz#16. Peter H. Plante – Rolling the Logs; French Dialect Story#17. Frank Uchytil – Marie Patin#18. Otto Rindlisbacher and Ray Calkins – Turkey in the Hay#19. Otto Rindlisbacher and Ray Calkins – Woodchopper’s Jig#20. Otto Rindlisbacher – Gamle reinlander / Old Reinlander#21. Otto Rindlisbacher and John Giezendanner – Yodeling#22. Otto Rindlisbacher – Sørland springar’n##CD 3#HARPS AND ACCORDIONS#THE ALAN LOMAX RECORDINGS#Alan Lomax’s 1938 Michigan field recordings of lumberjack, Finnish, French Canadian, German, Irish, Lithuanian, Ojibwe, Polish, and Swedish performers.#Ojibwe#1. Alan Lomax – Introduction to Joe Cloud#2. Joe Cloud – Red River Jig#3. Joe Cloud – Squaw Dance#4. Joe Cloud and Clarence Cloud – White River Two-Step#French Canadian#5. Edward