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Now available via Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and the various European Amazons, a book of 60 songs and tunes popular during the American Civil War (1860's), arranged especially for the 20-button Anglo concertina, including songs by Stephen Foster, Henry Clay Work, George F. Root and many others. Based on original sheet music, all melodies are shown in standard musical notation and the songs also include complete lyrics and chords. And for those with 20-button Anglos, all are shown with a super-easy tablature system and are arranged in a variety of styles - single note, harmonica-style, octaves, simple harmonies, and full harmonies, so it shows a lot of different ways you can play the 20-button Anglo. I have to admit I was really surprised just how much music you can get out of the seemingly limited 20-button Anglo! (Note to self: "Never. Underestimate. The. Power. Of. Concertina.") And as before, here are some excerpts, plus the Table of Contents. "Sidesqueeze" - here's "The Empty Sleeve", and of course, "Goober Peas" for "Stevie D". Elsewhere on these forums I previously posted "Weeping Sad and Lonely", also known as "When This Cruel War Is Over". Some really great tunes from a very turbulent period in American history. As with "Christmas Concertina", I'll be posting these tunes on YouTube in the next few weeks so you see and hear how they are played. Enjoy! Gary N.B. Edited to update "First Gun is Fired" EmptySleeve-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf GooberPeas-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf CivilWarConcertina-TableOfContents.pdf FirstGunIsFired-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf
The really big surprise for me in working up the "Civil War Concertina" tune book (available via Amazon in a week or two) is the versatility and musicality of the lowly 20-button Anglo. One of the most popular tunes of the 1860's was "Weeping Sad and Lonely", also known as "When This Cruel War is Over" (1863). Attached is a sample arrangement from the upcoming book. Enjoy! Gary WeepingSadAndLonely-C-ANGLO-20b.pdf
I'm currently putting together a book of songs and tunes of the American Civil War that will include a variety of arrangements and tablature for playing them on a 20-button Anglo concertina (since 20+ button Anglos didn't exist yet at that time period). Of course, the melodies will also be playable on any other concertina system and on most other musical instruments. With a wide range of patriotic, jingoistic, maudlin songs and old time tunes popular in that time period, there's a lot to choose from - Stephen Foster, Henry Clay Work, George F. Root, etc. I'm trying to whittle it down to 50 songs and tunes, but it could easily stretch to 60 before all is said and done. So, if any of you have any particular favorites that you play, or would like to learn, let me know as soon as possible! With luck, the tunebook will be available via Amazon by the first of next month. Time to stir up those Blue and Gray musical sentiments! Gary