Online liner notes on Nail That Catfish To The Tree / Forked Deer


    The story I got on Steve Rosen’s 1985 composition, Nail That Catfish To The Tree, goes this way:  The author was on the banks of the Mississippi River watching a fisherman who hauled out, after a tremendous struggle, a huge channel catfish.


Online liner notes on Acres Of Clams / Rosin, The Beau


    Acres Of Clams was written by Judge Francis D. Henry in 1874 in the Pacific Northwest.

    One of my fondest memories is of stopping in for the fried clams at McIntyre’s in Rowley, Mass. after a day of sailing with my family on the Ipswich Bay.  That may explain why the last chorus of the song is one of my favorite lines to sing to this day.


Online liner notes on Planxty Fanny Power


Online liner notes on Rustic Reel / Top O' Cork Road / Calliope House


I got Rustic Reel from our collaborator and dance master, Dr. Briant Bohleke.  He has been invaluable in providing authentic period music for us to play at many Civil War dances.


Online liner notes on Rising Of The Moon


Online liner notes on Maggie In The Woods / Little Flower / The Year Of Jubilo


          Maggie In The Woods is an old traditional Irish polka.


Online liner notes on Lancers' Quadrille


Online liner notes on Hard Times Come Again No More


         Hard Times Come Again No More: Published by Firth, Pond & Co., the song was copyrighted January 17, 1855, but the title page bears the date 1854.  It was probably published late in 1854 and then copyrighted in January 1855.


Online liner notes on Linda's Schottische


       Linda’s Schottische is a tune I’ve had for several years, going back to a now defunct Harrisburg-based band named Tea & Spice. 


Online liner notes on Shove The Pigsfoot A Little Further In The Fire / Spotted Pony


       Shove The Pigsfoot A Little Further In The Fire was featured in the movie Cold Mountain, a Nicole Kidman, Jude Law vehicle set in the southern US during the Civil War.


Online liner notes on Spanish Waltz