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Bread Not Bombs

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Size: 1,275kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 12:48:53 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded at the New England Folk Festival on April 22. 2012. From my new CD, Singing for Peace: Live at NEFFA.

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Caffeine Blues

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Size: 2,829kb, uploaded 5/31/2010 8:44:59 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

I was thinking the other day that there are many blues songs written about mood-altering substances like alcohol and cocaine; there are none, however, about the demon caffeine. I wrote this one; it is played on the long-neck banjo and 12-string guitar.

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Down By the Riverside

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Size: 2,455kb, uploaded 4/27/2012 7:46:45 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded live at the New England Folk Festival on 4/22/12.

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Kumbaya

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Size: 1,882kb, uploaded 5/31/2010 8:36:57 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is my arrangement of a great old song. This was the first song I played in public some 40+ years ago. I play 12-string guitar and banjo on this one.

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Let Love Fill My Spirit

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Size: 2,797kb, uploaded 3/28/2010 8:20:00 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded live at Town Hall, West Brookfield, MA on January 22, 2010.

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Oh Mary Don't You Weep

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Size: 3,125kb, uploaded 3/28/2010 8:27:43 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded live on January 22, 2010 at Town Hall, West Brookfield, MA. From my new live CD, Good News Today

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On A Cold December Morn

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Size: 842kb, uploaded 12/14/2011 1:51:58 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a very rough demo for a new Christmas song I wrote in the folk tradition.

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Peace Like a River

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Size: 2,717kb, uploaded 4/27/2012 7:49:23 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded at the New England Folk Festival on 4/22/12.

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Peace Like A River

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Size: 2,655kb, uploaded 3/28/2010 8:12:34 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

This is a new song, recorded live on March 20, 2010 at Cakettes Coffee Shoppe in Warren, MA. From my new live CD, Good News Today

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Peace Song

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Size: 984kb, uploaded 9/23/2012 7:21:57 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

The definitive live version with beautiful audience singing from my Singing for Peace concert on 9/21/12.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

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Size: 7,049kb, uploaded 1/29/2012 5:58:36 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded live at the Hardwick Library in Hardwick, MA on 12/14/11. This a rough demo for a new CD; the audience will be louder on the final mix. This is a traditional tune with verses that I wrote.

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Tenting Tonight (On The Old Campground)

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Size: 4,227kb, uploaded 6/21/2009 3:01:29 PM
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This song was written in 1864. It shows that people were growing tired of the continuing war and were ready for an end. This is played on my new long-neck banjo, capoed on the 1st fret to sing in F. No fancy playing, but I am not a fancy player.

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The Farmer is the Man

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Size: 1,634kb, uploaded 6/21/2009 3:16:12 PM
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This song comes from the 1920's and shows that things have not changed, at least not for the better.

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The World Is Hopin' (For Minds That Are Open)

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Size: 3,244kb, uploaded 6/4/2010 9:29:26 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

I read this phrase on a bottlecap the other day and sat down and wrote this song. In our partisan times I think this is something we need to consider.

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This Little Light of Mine

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Size: 1,919kb, uploaded 2/16/2009 3:13:48 PM
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A fine old spiritual that reflects the freedom struggle of the past. My own banjo style with overdubbed guitar backup.This song is from my new CD that is dedicated to Pete Seeger.

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This Little Light of Mine (live)

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Size: 2,654kb, uploaded 4/11/2012 12:34:53 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Recorded in December 2011 at the library in Gilbertville, MA.

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Tom Dula's Lament

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Size: 3,029kb, uploaded 6/21/2009 3:11:48 PM
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AsI undertand it, these are the original words to the song Tom Dooley.It is written in the first person and lacks a chorus.I like this version a lot. Played in F with the long-neck capoed on the first fret.

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Under the Lee

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Size: 1,442kb, uploaded 6/21/2009 3:07:35 PM
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Just a little bit of banjo foolery that I put together. Played on thelong-neck capoed up.

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Under the Same Heaven

Posted by Gary Blanchard, written by Torben Pederson, Eva Pederson, Holly Tashian

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Size: 1,493kb, uploaded 9/23/2012 7:07:33 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

Fellow Hangout member Torben Pederson and his wife wrote this song; I performed it at my Singing for Peace Concert on 9/21/12.

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Wild Mountain Thyme

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Size: 2,503kb, uploaded 8/16/2011 6:56:16 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Other

A wonderful old Celtic song. Some say it is Irish, some Scottish. No matter what the roots, it is a fun song and one I have played since the 1960's. I moved it over to banjo back in the 90's. Oddly, this is the only banjo tune on my upcoming CD.

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