Volviendo al Valle​/​Chouteira​/​Get You a Copper Kettle

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Volviendo al Valle [Returning to the Valley] (Gerardo Arias) /Chouteira/Get You a Copper Kettle (A.F. Beddoe) - Bolivian/Galician/Bluegrass
While listening to traditional Bolivian music provided by our dear friend, Martha Chavez, Barbara noticed its marked similarity to Galician/Asturian tunes. Considering that many of the sailors that embarked on Spanish and Portuguese voyages of discovery in the 15-18th centuries were most likely of Celtic descent (from the Atlantic coastal regions), this should be no surprise! Many sailors intermarried with local Indians and contributed their own musical traditions. To that end, we play this flowing Bolivian melody, followed by a Galician dance tune. Apropos of nothing, we decide to journey back to the New World, and throw in some bluegrass – just to trace yet another Celtic strain...
Get You a Copper Kettle was written by Albert Frank Beddoe and made popular by Joan Baez. Pete Seeger's account dates the song to 1946, mentioning its probable folk origin,while in a 1962 Time readers column A. F. Beddoe says[2] that the song was written by him in 1953 as part of the folk opera Go Lightly, Stranger.

lyrics

Get you a copper kettle, get you a copper coil.
Cover in new made corn mash and never more you will toil.
You’ll just lay there by the juniper, while the moon is bright,
Watch them jugs a-fillin’ by the pale moonlight.

My daddy he made whiskey, my grandaddy did too.
We ain’t paid no whiskey tax since 1792.
We just lay there by the juniper, while the moon is bright,
Watch them jugs a-fillin’ by the pale moonlight.

Build you a fire of hickory, hickory, ash and oak.
Don’t use no green or rotten wood, they’ll get you by the smoke.
While we lay there by the juniper, while the moon is bright,
Watch them jugs a-fillin’ by the pale moonlight.

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from Silver, released September 30, 2011
Barbara Tresidder Ryan - lead vocals, bouzouki
Bernard Argent - wooden flute, whistle
Chuck Lawhorn - bass guitar, stand up bass
Kathleen Larrick - doumbek, tambourine, cabasa, lead vocals
Jim Queen - fiddle, banjo, lead vocals

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IONA Washington, D.C.

IONA has been taking its unique brand of traditional Celtic music to festivals, arts centers, schools & house concerts all over North America and Europe since 1986, blending music from the various Celtic traditions with stories and a little humor - Barbara Ryan (vocals, bouzouki, bodhran), Bernard Argent (flute, doumbek), Chuck Lawhorn (bass), Jim Queen (fiddle, banjo) & Kathleen Larrick (dance). ... more

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