John Aaron's Farewell to Cuyahoga

(Copyright: Ken Bloom)
Side 2, Band 2.

Cathy: hammered dulcimer
Dave: guitar
Ed: hammered dulcimer

Somewhere in between songs by the Louvin brothers and Conway Twitty, the amazing Ken Bloom, lately of City Island, New York, taught us this tune at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. The title is a fully obscured reference to President James A. Garfield. Ken says he wrote the tune as a hopeful lament, originally on concert zither, but he now plays the tune on the Ukrainian bandura. Performing this tune during the past few years, Ken says he usually dedicates it to the memory of friends Steve Goodman, Duck Donald and Stan Rogers. (DP)

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