The 1861 Project - Volume 2 

                From the Famine to The Front

The second volume in the acclaimed series is nearing completion - with another all-star cast of songwriters and performers that includes Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Peter Cooper, Stephen Maguire, David Olney,  Jim Rooney, Irene Kelley, Sierra Hull,  and many others.  Pre-order a copy today! 

The Epic Journey Begins:  


Click the play button above  to hear the first three tracks from Volume 2. 

The collection begins with The American Wake - a heart-rending account of the night before Irish immigrants took to the sea, when friends and family gathered, knowing they would never see each other again.   This track features vocals by native Irish songstress Maura OConnell and dobro by the incomparable Jerry Douglas. 

The sampler continues with Walking All The Way to Tennessee and The Stonewall of The West - click the links to learn more and read the lyrics. 

A New Collection of Musical Stories about the Irish Experience of the US Civil War

Generations of Irish immigrants played an integral role in the American Civl War, often drafted into the Union army right off the famine ships.

Some of the new arrivals were offered citizenship and immediately conscripted. Others volunteered to join up, some to prove that they were worthy citizens and others because they believed in the American ideal of liberty for all. Still others enlisted to gain the military experience they would need to free their home country from the British after the American war was over. The Southern planters reminded them of the hated aristocrats and land owners in Ireland.

On the Southern side were Scots/Irish immigrants who had come to the US in the early 18th century and carved out a living for themselves on the Western side of the Appalachian mountains. They had no use for a centralized government in Washington which reminded them of the British rule in Ireland. Others, like Cleburne, fled the potato famine and wanted nothing more than to blend in wherever they lived, in his case Arkansas.

As a result, the American conflict of brother against brother turned into a war of Irish against Irish in one of the many brutal ironies of history.

There are so many compelling stories here, all brought to vivid life in the songs of The 1861 Project, Volume 2. 

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The 1861 Project - Volume 2 will ship on September 25, 2012.  To pre-order a copy today, visit our online store.  What's that you say, you don't already have Volume 1? No problem, in our store you'll find an option to pre-order Volume 2, get a download of Volume 1, and get both CDs in the mail when Volume 2 ships in September.  

Any order placed prior to the physical delivery date will include immediate download of MP3 files of the entire recording(s). 

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