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    My mandolin and guitar arrangement of Jay Ungar's 1983 classic "Ashokan Farewell," best known as the music of Ken Burns' "Civil War".

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    Thanks you and nice playing Alfonso! I recently learned the tune after hearing it on the Mandolin Extravaganza CD and recognizing it from the PBS mini series.

    BTW - I am really looking forward to the Ken Burns series on the Vietnam War. I am sure the sound track will be awesome, but without much mandolin.

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    A good end of summer tune! I did this almost exactly one year ago.

    https://youtu.be/upEPuUUnf9Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    A good end of summer tune! I did this almost exactly one year ago.

    https://youtu.be/upEPuUUnf9Q
    Great playing, and, man, I love that guitar!
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    When I played fiddle (several years ago, I got so I could not tune the pegs or tighten bow due to neuropathy) so I donated it to a good cause. BUT turned to the mandolin & that was on fiddle & now on mandolin, MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG!

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    Thank you for the video, it was such a peaceful setting you put into it. Lovely!

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    Jay Ungar says he was standing at Ashokan at the end of one of his fiddle camps, and sorta improvised the tune -- mid 1970's, I think. Burns's Civil War PBS series made it well-known. I do programs of Civil War music but wouldn't include it, any more than I'd include some of the recently-written songs about the war.

    Beautiful melody, though.
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    Indeed, wonderful tune whether it's 50 or 150 years old.


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    The attached contains a more accurate history of "Ashokan Farewell"

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Name:	Song ‘Ashokan Farewell’ Saved Center in Catskills - The New York Times.pdf 
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    Enjoy

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    A great story Peter, thank you. John

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    Yep, thanks for sharing that updated Ashokan history, Peter.
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