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McGuinn's Folk Den

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Copper Kettle

50 days ago
mp3: Copper Kettle – Click To Play A. F. Beddoe claims to have written this song in 1953 as part of the folk opera “Go Lightly, Stranger.” However Pete Seeger says he heard the song in 1946, sung by a tall stranger named Frank. Joan Baez learne... more info

John Peel

355 days ago
Mp3: Do You Ken John Peel – Click To Play I learned this song in glee club at the Latin School of Chicago in the mid 1950s. The verses are a bit bloody so I left them out. If you really want them click on “Lyrics” more info

Road Through The Woods

812 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Road Through The Woods – Click To Play This is a famous poem by Rudyard Kipling set to a traditional folk tune. The arrangement is new in the style of the Byrds with rolling Rickenbacker backing and lead 12-string g... more info

I Know You Rider

1663 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: I Know You Rider – Click To Play A great old traditional blues originally called “Blue Woman” recorded in a prison, sung by an 18 year old woman who was serving life for murder. I played this on my Martin D-45. ... more info

Freight Train

1724 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Freight Train – Click To Play Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten composed “Freight Train” as a teenager (sometime between 1906 and 1912), inspired by the sound of the trains rolling in on the tracks near her home in N... more info

The Rainbow

3338 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: The Rainbow – Click To Play This ballad from the 16th century immortalizes a British galleon of the English Tudor Navy named “The Rainbow.” She fought against the Spanish during the “Singeing the King of Spain... more info

Paddy and the Whale

3397 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Paddy and the Whale – Click To Play Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd sang this on their album “Thar She Blows” accompanied by Peggy Seeger doing an amazing 5-string banjo roll. A.L. Lloyd had this to say about the so... more info

Take A Drink On Me

3673 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Take A Drink On Me – Click To Play In 1970 the Byrds recorded “Take a Whiff on Me” for our “Untitled” double record set. “Take a Drink on Me” is a variation of that song. John Lomax stated that its origi... more info

Winter’s Almost Gone

3762 days ago
Photo by Camilla McGuinn How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: Winter’s Almost Gone – Click To Play Another “Winter Song” during one the coldest winters in North America, due to several successive “Polar Vortices.” A song brought to mind by th... more info

We Are Crossing The Jordan River

4007 days ago
How do I download this Mp3? Mp3: We Are Crossing The Jordan River – Click To Play This is a song that helped catapult Joan Baez to become the “Queen of Folk Music.” Bob Gibson had invited her to sing with him at the 1959 Newport Folk Festi... more info

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