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! 

Walking All The Way To Tennessee 


Track 2,  Walking All The Way To Tennessee conveys a short history of the Scots-Irish in the South.

©2012  Pat Alger  (Rosebriar Music/ASCAP) and Thomm Jutz (ThommSongs/SESAC, admin. Bluewater Music)

Featuring vocals and lead acoustic guitar by Pat Alger and harmony vocals by Britt Savage. 

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 Lyrics 

Walking All The Way To Tennessee

©2012 Pat Alger/ Thomm Jutz

We sold our souls for years to come

just to pay the fare
we worked like slaves

up and down the shores of the Delaware
after seven bitter years when finally we were free
the price of land was out of reach

for Irish lads like me

We packed our bags and headed south

and bid the swine farewell
looking for a heavenly place

far from that hopeless hell 
rich and green and full of dreams

like the hills of Mourne
where a new generation of free spirits will be born

It's been a long, hard road to get to Carolina
walking all the way to Tennesse
and every step we took our lonely hearts were aching
for some fertile land to plant the family tree
walking all the way to Tennessee

our axes cut the timber

and we cleared the mountain land
staked our claim and grew our crops

and proudly made our stand
we fought them at Kingsmountain

and we beat them at Cowspen
and send them running back to London

to never come again

we multiplied and spread our seeds

all through these fruitful hills
and our sons' and daughters' daughters and sons became our dreams fulfilled
and now you're asking

"red haired boy what are you fighting for?"

we're doing what we've always done

when trouble's at the door

It's been a long, hard road to get to Carolina
walking all the way to Tennesse
and every step we took our lonely hearts were aching
for some fertile land to plant the family tree
walking all the way to Tennessee



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The 1861 Project - Volume 2 will ship on September 25, 2012.  To 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 order Volume 2, get a download of Volume 1, and get both CDs in the mail when Volume 2 ships in September.  

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