Grant Rogers - Songs

Most of the music of Grant Rogers recorded below comes from these sources: "Grant Rogers, Catskills Mountain Songmaker," Folk-Legacy CD (reissue 2002).  Purchase here. "The Cannonsville Story From the Film Kinfolks," Smithsonian/Folkways CD (reissue 2004).  Purchase here"Ballads and Fiddle Tunes by Grant Rogers," Kanawha 313, Kanawha Records, P.O. Box 7791, Jacksonville, FL, 32210.  “Grant Rogers (Songmaker of the Catskills),” RLP 475 B (Rimrock) LP, Oleta BMI; [LP donated to project by Wayne Cobane, Walton].

 

At the End of Jimmy's Bar
 

The Bachelor’s Reply
 

The Barber's Lament

Bessie the Heifer

The Bold Soldier

Bullseye Bill
  

The Butchers Boy
 

Cannonsville Dam

Charley Brooks
 

Don’t Marry One Like Me
   

Down by the Railroad Track


The First Whipperwill Song
  

Freight #1262

From Texas to Alaska
  

Gravy and Bread
 

Good Old Limburger Cheese 
  

Ground Hog


Have I Lost the Sweetest Love I Ever Knew
 

The Husband's Lament

I am a Folk Singer
 

I’ll Hit the Road Again

I Long to Live Single Again


In the Last Chance Saloon
  

It's a Wonder

It's Been Nice to See You
 

I Was Only Passing Through

Jennette the Mountain Girl
 

The Legend of Slide Mountain

The Life of Herb Gillen

Little Box of Pine
 

May I Sleep in your Barn

Mother Queen of My Heart

My Bearded Lover

My Little Home in Tennessee
  

The Old Arm Chair

Pat MacBraid

Pat Malone

Paving the Highway with Tears 
 

A Place Called Hell   

 A Place for all Good People

Puttin on a Style

Take Your Time and Think It Over

 
Tales of My Grandad

Three Night Drunk

Too Young to Understand the Sorrow


Twenty Years Behind Time 

Two Drummers

Waiting

Wars by the Numbers

When Snowflakes Fall

 When a Fellow is Out of a Job

 When I Saw You in My Camera

Where the Catskills Reach Their Summits
 

Willie Down by the Pond

Willie the Weaver


Grant Rogers singing at Newport Folk Festival 1966


Down By the Glenside
  

Grant Rogers - Instrumentals

 

Aunt Emmy's Tea Party

Black Market Reel

The Canadian Rose
 

The Conservation Hornpipe

Kitty Sharp

Larry O'Gaff

The Little Red Barn  

Money Musk

The Old Hen She Cackled

The Opera Reel

Paddy on the Turnpike

Rogers' Hornpipe

Train No. 9

The Weeping Lady

 

Grant Rogers playing at the Newport Folk Festival 1966

 Red River Valley

 

Tales

Robert Gregory, born in 1882 in Granton, NY, tells tales steeped in the traditions and history of the Delaware River.   His stories were recorded by Norman Studer in 1957 as part of “The Cannonsville Story: From the Film ‘Kinfolks’” and alternate with music performed by Grant Rogers.  The CD #FW03852, Copyright Smithsonian/Folkways, 2004, can be purchased by clicking here.
 

The First Kiss
 

George’s Story

The Gregory Family

The Hay Harvest

My Suit of Clothes

A Political Meeting

A Sandwich for Sentiment

The Skunk Story

Frank Fisher Tunes

A Frank Fisher, Sr. a contemporary of Grant Roger. These recordings owned by Francis "Loppy" Fisher. Permission granted by Marty Fisher.


Fiddle: reel



Song: “It’s the Loveliest Night of the Year”



Fiddle: "Money Musk"



Fiddle: “Redwing”



Fiddle: "Liberty," two step



Song:  “Fraulein”



Band: song “There Goes My Everything”



Fiddle: "Silver Bells"



Fiddle:  waltz



Fiddle: jig



Fiddle: reel


interviews

A major part of this Grant Rogers project is to interview folks who either knew Grant Rogers or who have some connection with the kind of music he played and sang.  Below are excerpts from audio versions of the interviews.  See Archives on this website for the complete written transcriptions of the recorded interviews.


Fran and Leona



Francis Fisher



Larry Jamieson



Wes St. Onge



Bruce Hoyt



Bob Moss



Kathy Shimberg



Jay Ungar



George Ward


Edwin St. Onge

There are recordings of Edwin St. Onge playing the fiddle, the first 8 tracks recorded at a 1979 square dance, and tracks 9 - 14 at a 1986 family party. In track 1, Edwin's son Wes describes the two events. Permission granted by Wes St. Onge.


Wes' Description of His Father's Recordings



Dick Thompson calling "Devil's Dream"



Square Dance:  "Down Yonder"



Dick Thompson calling "Flop Eared Mule"



Wes St. Onge calling "Jenny Lind Polka"



Dick Thompson calling "Ragtime Annie"



Wes St. Onge calling "Rose of San Antone"



"Red River Valley"



"Listen to the Mocking Bird"



"Chicken Reel"



"She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain"



"Irish Washer Woman"



"Smash the Windows" 



"Buffalo Gals"