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The Wildwood Flower


This week the Tuesday Guitar 3 class at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, studied the Wildwood Flower. 

The Wildwood Flower is an American song with a beautiful melody, best known through the performances and recordings of the Carter Family. The song was written in 1860 under the title was I'll Twine Mid the Ringlets, words by Maud Irving and music by Joseph Philbrick Webster. 

Woody Guthrie used the tune for his song, The Sinking of the Reuben James, but constructed an original melody for his memorable chorus. Download the tablature here.


SING OUT! Review


vol. 54 #4

by Scott Sheldon

The music of Chicago songwriter, troubadour and music educator Mark Dvorak is best described in one of his lyrics: "Another hopeful song for a dismal day." That is the themes on this, his fourth album for Waterbug, are often gloomy - the coming of middle age, lost love, a fallen soldier, or just "livin' with the blues" - but he delivers those songs in a clear, sweet tenor that conveys humor and optimism. For example in singing about coming middle age, he jokes that he has "something left to say," but just "not quite as loud."

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