Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

700
Banjo Lovers Online


 All Forums
 Playing the Banjo
 Playing Advice: Clawhammer and Old-Time Styles
 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW July 16th 2010/ Rally Round the Flag Boys/Bat


Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/182555

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/13/2010:  07:11:38


This weeks song of the week is" Battle Cry of Freedom " or" Rally Around the Flag Boys".Written in 1862 By George Root, The song was very popular in the industrial North and agrarian Southern states of North America. As the country moved toward Civil War, Two sets of Lyrics evolved for the Same Song. I have included them here. My interest in this song began, as I learned the banjo from Texas Player Bill Moudy. In his teaching me this song, he sang both sets of words. Here is my take on Rally Around the Flag Boys. Solo banjo aDADE . hangoutstorage.com/jukebox.asp...D%3D17834 . freepages.music.rootsweb.ances...lecry.htm . 37thtexas.org/html/soubatlcry.html


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/21/2010 16:18:09

terrysongs - Posted - 07/13/2010:  09:59:01


sounds great

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/13/2010:  10:56:54


Thank you Terry, I tryed to stay close to Bill Moudy"s voice lead / double stop style

Viper - Posted - 07/13/2010:  12:27:16


Nice playing Elwood. The tune reminds me a bit of Jesse James.

vrteach - Posted - 07/13/2010:  12:53:42


It's a nice tune, either fast and bouncy or slow and sad. I've got a version more-or-less in double-C tuning at: vrteach.org

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/13/2010:  14:09:16


Hello, Viper. Bill Van horn is the man,Right? Yah, its real close to Jesse James. I do love to hear Voice and banjo together. Hey Viper, how about a Jesse James from both of us on the BVH in Double D........... vocals and all...........? .


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/13/2010 15:06:28

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/13/2010:  14:15:33


The march side of Battle Cry of Freedom is my Favorite. I have heard a version of this tune on Ken Burns . Series America. It was really beauitful slow and sad.Vrteach yours is Reflective , I like the feel so much....ELWOOD

ramjo - Posted - 07/13/2010:  15:33:27


Nice pick, Elwood and great playing. I read that the song was so popular after being co-opted by both the North and South as their own patriotic anthem, that at one time the publisher was running the music on 14 presses! It seems strange to me that an opponent would write lyrics for the same tune its enemy rallied around, to say nothing of publishing it without threat of a lawsuit. Somehow I can't imagine the same thing happening with, say "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."

(Useless information department: George F. Root was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from where I live. A plaque hangs over the door of Old Parish Church on Main St. commemorating him. I once played a concert in there with my band, but we couldn't get a Geo. Root song worked up in time to put it in the set.)

banjered - Posted - 07/13/2010:  15:34:32


It lays out pretty easily in the key of C out of G tuning - fun! TC

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/13/2010:  15:50:13


I am so pleased that many have had a good time with georges' great tune. It;s not hard to see why "Both Sides" loved his rousing Song. Its' great to hear that my lil experience with this one is shared....................................ELWOOD

slabounty - Posted - 07/14/2010:  06:52:21


Elwood and VR both versions are great. I'm going to have to take some time and learn this one.

Scott

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/14/2010:  07:29:37


Hello Scott, Maybe there is a Tab out there some where. I am a by ear player, but a tab has helped out on tunes that were tricky... I did try to research a Tab with no luck.

Viper - Posted - 07/14/2010:  09:10:42


quote:
Originally posted by ELWOOD

Hello, Viper. Bill Van horn is the man,Right? Yah, its real close to Jesse James. I do love to hear Voice and banjo together. Hey Viper, how about a Jesse James from both of us on the BVH in Double D........... vocals and all...........? .



My BVH just keeps sounding better and better. I only know Jesse James in G. I'll have to to work on it in DD. And I'll have to learn to sing and play or record my voice separately. However, I'm worried we'll scare the children. Ha!

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/14/2010:  09:16:19


Oh yah the children might be Tramatized..... I hadnt though it thru. I'll ,try that tune in G today...............Steve

cbcarlisle - Posted - 07/14/2010:  11:01:48


"The tune reminds me a bit of Jesse James."

You're right on about that. Ry Cooder took full advantage of the similarities in his soundtrack for "The Longriders." In addition to the individual tunes used on the soundtrack recording, the final credits for the film have a medley where he and I play a fife and drum version of "Rally" followed by "Jesse."

Curt Bouterse
curt.bouterse.com

Castania - Posted - 07/14/2010:  11:14:07


Here's a fairly simple tab arrangement that should give those who need it a good starting point until they can work in some of the finer nuances like Elwood includes when played:

hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...72010.pdf

A tef file is also included for those with TablEdit.

Ken

LyleK - Posted - 07/14/2010:  18:27:24


quote:
Originally posted by cbcarlisle
Ry Cooder took full advantage of the similarities in his soundtrack for "The Longriders." In addition to the individual tunes used on the soundtrack recording, the final credits for the film have a medley where he and I play a fife and drum version of "Rally" followed by "Jesse."

I'll have to go back and watch the DVD again. Cool beans! And nice tunage "Elwood."

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/14/2010:  19:07:37


Thanks Guys the Ry Cooder 6 degree separation story is sweet. Ry is my alltime music Hero. Listen to "Going to Brownsville" purple sage album As i remember. None is Finer...............Steve. .


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/14/2010 19:11:11

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/15/2010:  07:31:42


Here is a lil Utube piece that will get your attention. youtube.com/watch?v=b4s6La1feEg I have never heard this tune played this quickly, before..........Steve and This one youtube.com/watch?v=LJp3X_TVlX...e=related ...................................... and the Confederate version.................... youtube.com/watch?v=5kWADI4umu...e=related ........


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/15/2010 09:32:00

slabounty - Posted - 07/15/2010:  11:19:14


quote:
Originally posted by Castania

Here's a fairly simple tab arrangement that should give those who need it a good starting point until they can work in some of the finer nuances like Elwood includes when played:

hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...72010.pdf

A tef file is also included for those with TablEdit.

Ken



Thanks Ken! I'm going to give it a shot tonight. It looks within my grasp anyway.

Scott

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/16/2010:  17:23:52


Hello, John. The Short Scale Ramsey has a dobson style tone ring, a moon bridge, Strings are medium. The neck and Pot are natural maple. The head is a Miller vellum skin head. I'll post a photo as requested. Iam glad you liked "Rally"



A scale / Ramsey/ Skin head


A scale Ramsey/11 inch skin head


A scale Banjos

handsup8 - Posted - 07/16/2010:  20:12:01


Great choice, and lovely playing Elwood! I have posted a version of "Rally" medleyed with Yellow Rose of Jubilo (a fusing Yellow Rose of TX with Year of Jubilo I did by mistake). Hope you enjoy:

hangoutstorage.com/jukebox.asp...ID%3D5688

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/16/2010:  21:47:20


Hello, Ted. Beautiful playing. I like the medley idea. " The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a good mate to"'Rally". The two songs lyrics are complimentary as well . thanks for the Post.....................Steve

gkuchan - Posted - 07/17/2010:  13:07:16


Is it just me, or does everyone expect Shelby Foote to start narrating every time you play through it?

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/17/2010:  13:57:46


Hi, Grant. . Shelby Foote offered to voice over on this TOTW, But the moderator insisted on a solo banjo venue......................LOL Steve.


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/17/2010 16:52:48

Tamarack - Posted - 07/18/2010:  09:47:48


Fine versions of a fine tune.

I never realized what a beautiful melody this is until I heard some slower versions.

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/18/2010:  10:45:10


Hello Don, Iam from Saginaw/ Charlevoix Michigan originally. I am Glad to hear from you....... the Rally is a straight forward Double C or D tune. its beautiful slow and sad or rousing at march tempo. ~the tune is infectious and sweet. There is a tab Kindly loaded by Castania above..........I'll see Yah Around the shore Eventually .....Steve.


Edited by - ELWOOD on 07/19/2010 15:38:13

Mirek Patek - Posted - 07/22/2010:  10:04:15


Here is my version on fingerstyle tenor banjo:
youtube.com/watch?v=ip5kyZ1seTE

I have been inspired by
youtube.com/watch?v=LJp3X_TVlXM
posted before by ELWOOD.

Mirek

ELWOOD - Posted - 07/23/2010:  09:01:40


Mirek. I really like the sound of the tenor on this. the brushed back beat is very effective. New sound to me . I like it..........Elwood

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories

0.078125