PHIL PASSEN: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Phil Passen: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Philbar Music 20111

There have been a great number of recordings focusing on the Civil War in this year which marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial. This CD is Phil Passen’s collection of tunes and songs from that fertile period.

He is a fine hammered dulcimer player and an adequate singer, but what I find most interesting about Tramp, Tramp, Tramp is the thorough research included with the CD.

The collection includes many Civil War standards but also presents some lesser known songs and tunes. “Zolly’s Retreat” is a traditional fiddle tune in honor of Confederate general Felix Zollicoffer and is included in a medley with the well known “Year of Jubilo.” “Garryowen” is a tune used as the official marching song for the Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment. It is paired with “The Girl I Left Behind Me.” The title track is played with the classic “Camp Chase,” the tune which won Sol Carpenter his freedom from the notorious Union prison of the same name.

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp is a simple but effective recording of songs and tunes from a time rich in melody and emotion.

Tom Druckenmiller

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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