Saturday, December 12, 2009

*In Folklorist Harry Smith’s House-"Moonshiner's Dance Part One" — Frank Cloutier and the Victoria Cafe Orchestra (1927)

Click on the title to link to a presentation of the song listed in the headline.

The year 2009 has turned into something a year of review of the folk revival of the 1960s. In November I featured a posting of many of the episodes (via “YouTube”) of Pete Seeger’s classic folk television show from the 1960s, “Rainbow Quest”. I propose to do the same here to end out the year with as many of the selections from Harry Smith’s seminal “Anthology Of American Folk Music,” in one place, as I was able to find material for, either lyrics or "YouTube" performances (not necessarily by the original performer). This is down at the roots, for sure.


  1. Not necessarily the original performers - nor the original song!

    The clip you linked to is great, highly amusing, even arousing, but it has very little to do with Moonshiner's Dance Part One.

    There's dancing. There's hootin' and hollerin. The people kind of look like they fancy themselves drinkers of moonshine.

    Just wanted to get the facts right here. I'm looking forward to more of these posts! Keep it coming!

  2. Unbelievable as it seems on some of old Harry's "Anthology" the material is not available on "YouTube". In any case this project has taken far more time that I originally wanted to spend on it. Any additions, corrections, etc. would be helpful. However, remember this is primarily a political blog. The folk and roots music is secondary. Especially these days when our main task is to fight war-monger Obama on the Afghan (and Iraq) war question. All U.S. Troops/Allied (and Mercentaries) Out Of Afghanistan (and Iraq). There, now I am back on track. Praise be.

  3. Celestial- I was able to find Frank Cloutier's version on YouTube- My comments above still stand though- Out Of Afghanistan Now!