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Early American Roots
Hesperus
Early American Roots
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Spirited new sounds from early Colonial America - from the arrival of the first colonists to the American Revolution and the birth of our republic. Performing on recorders, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, flageolet, hammer...  more »

      
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All Artists: Hesperus
Title: Early American Roots
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Maggie's Music
Original Release Date: 4/22/1997
Re-Release Date: 3/18/1997
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Style: Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 095182021622, 095182021646

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Album Description
Spirited new sounds from early Colonial America - from the arrival of the first colonists to the American Revolution and the birth of our republic. Performing on recorders, Baroque violin, viola da gamba, flageolet, hammered dulcimer, cittern and Baroque guitar, the musicians perform high energy improvisations, lively country dance tunes, elegant French cotillions and early American shape-note hymns. Selections from this recording was chosen and is on the soundtrack to the Hollywood blockbuster Tim Burton's Paramont film Sleepy Hollow featuring Johnny Depp!Set in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving?s classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Faithful to the dreamy custom-bound world that Irving paints in his story, the film mixes horror, fantasy and romance and features an extraordinary cast of characters that dabble in the supernatural and the Hesperus music fits perfect!

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Fantastic!
Catherine S. Todd | Oxford NC, USA | 03/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard this CD when I visited Monticello recently (the home of Thomas Jefferson) where they were playing the songs in the gift shop. Imagine my dismay to find that only one cassette tape was left of the fabulous music of Hesperus; however, that tape held me spell-bound all the way home, from Virginia to North Carolina.It was an incredible journey from the past that has stayed with me since, and every day I drive that one hour back and forth to work. This music has changed everything about the trips, and I can't wait for more. Thanks to Amazon.com I was able to buy all three CD's, including the incredible "Celtic Roots" that has the most beautiful violas imaginable. Thank you Hesperus! Please play more!"
Great old music
J. T. Kirkland | Savannah, GA USA | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A good preview of what would become bluegrass in the US. This collection is a sure-fire way to commune with those who have come before. Hearing the uncommon instruments adds to the effect. Well done on all counts."