"The Blue, The Grey, The Green" is a bright, rollicking collection of Civil War and period music of the 19th century by the Irish Volunteers Civil War Band. They hail from Western New York.
This upbeat CD features three part harmonies and a wide variety of instruments in the tunes of the era. You’ll hear the hammered dulcimer leading the way in the period classics “ Golden Slippers” and “The Red Wing”. Great fiddle / banjo tunes like “The Mason’s Apron/Devil’s Dream” and “Mississippi Sawyer / Soldier’s Joy” and the “The Secesh” will set your toes to tapping. There are powerful three part harmonies in many songs including “Down by the Riverside”, “Buffalo Gals” and the slave song of the Georgia Sea Islands and “Pay Me My Money Down”
There are many creative arrangements making old songs sound new. Listen for the stirring “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the minstrel medley “ Roll Alabama Roll/Boatman’s Dance/ Oh! Susanna”. This medley imagines a minstrel troupe camping for the night along a river when one by one all join in a set of minstrel tunes.
There is the mournful and tragic Streets of Laredo singing the tale of a man’s regret. Listen for the harmonica and autoharp carrying the instrumental breaks.
There are the songs the soldiers sang, “ When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, “Tramp Tramp Tramp” and the “Vacant Chair”, as well as a couple of fine original songs by band members. “United We Shall Be”, written by fiddle player Leslie Nickerson, tells the story of woman’s true love going off to war, never to return.. “A Southern Man” was written by singer/guitar player Don Dwyer. It is the song of a brave, defiant Southern man in the face of the Federals..
There are also plenty of whistles, mandolins, concertinas , button boxes and percussion to make this rousing recording what it is. We hope you enjoy listening to this CD as much as we did arranging and recording it..