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If You Programmed An Hour of Folk Alley?

May 16, 2006

We've recently started a feature on FolkAlley.com where, once a month, one lucky listener wins a chance to program their own hour of Folk Alley. In order to win, you'll first need to answer Ann VerWiebe's Monthly Trivia Question correctly. Everyone who answers the question correctly is entered into the monthly drawing.

Our friend and devote Folk Alley listener, Lynn Oatman, wrote to me and wanted to share a blog post on what tunes she would choose if she ever wins the contest.

We'd love to hear your ideas too!

Thanks,
Linda

From Lynn Oatman ~

Well, I keep answering the questions wrong, and I joined long before there were 50,000 members, so I'm never going to get to program my hour of FolkAlley.com. But, this is what I'd play - today - if I suddenly found myself with that privilege. Yes, yes, I know, a bit heavy on the Keelaghan, but that's because I attended my first LIVE Keelaghan concert a couple weeks ago, and I'm still walking around with his music in my head.

So:


I'd start with Sit Down Young Stranger by Gordon Lightfoot. His line, "war is not the answer, that young men should not die" still echoes in my head.

Eric Bogle’s And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda would go best after the previous song. Then I’d play the one he dedicated to Stan Rogers, Safe in the Harbor.

That’d be a perfect lead in to Stan Rogers Barrett’s Privateers.

A few more songs that have to do with ships – Stan Rogers Bluenose, David Francey’s Banks of the Seaway, Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and then James Keelaghan’s Captain Torres.

Then, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Grand Central Station;

Next, Kate Wolf’s Here In California;

Neil Young’s After the Goldrush by KD Lang on Hymns of the 49th Parallel;

Doc Watson’s More Pretty Girls than One and Deep River Blues, then
Hank Williams, My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It and his version of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.

James Taylor’s Copperline (oh, I can just HEAR a slow fade out of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry into that opening guitar of Copperline.) Then, the James Taylor/Alison Krauss version of How’s the World Treating You and then Alison’s version of the Beatle’s I Will.

To Rhonda Vincent’s I’ve Forgotten You then…

Tim O’Brien’s version of Long Black Veil and then 49 Keep on Talkin’

Right to James Keelaghan’s Sinatra and I. To Gordon Lightfoot’s Bells of the Evening;

To James Keelaghan’s Mirabeau Bridge and then Hillcrest Mine;

I’d play the two versions of Canadian Railroad Trilogy here – probably Lightfoot’s first, then Keelaghan’s.

Next – my friend Dana Cooke and his Band Joe’s song, Shepherd’s Pie (except it hasn’t been recorded yet)

Do I have any time left? Aengus Finnan’s Moon on the Water followed by Kate Rusby’s Underneath the Stars.

And the perfect finish to all of that would be James Keelaghan’s Orion.

I'd better end this now...because I can already see where I could add more and expand it to two hours. Or..six...or all day...

lynn oatman

Posted by Linda Fahey at May 16, 2006 1:18 PM


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