Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
cetmst Songbook Indexing: 19th Century Songbooks (133* d) Index: Father Kemp's Old Folks' Concert Tunes 22 Dec 08

Newly Revised and Greatly Enlarged
Boston, Oliver Ditson Company, 1889

Old Folks' Concerts were popular inthe United Stares in the last half of the 19th century when goups of musicians would travel mainly in rural areas and give performances of popular religious and secular music. In New England "Father" Robert Kemp of Boston was the chief organizer and his group of both instrumental and vocal performers dressed in early American costume would come to a community where they were lodged mainly with local families and give concerts. Kemp published a book of 64 tunes about 1860 and enlarged it in 1889. The most available edition seems to be the 1899 printing. My copy is in very bad shape with torn paperback cover, loose pages and extensive doodling on the front and back pages and the preface heavily covered with green crayon.

Titles in caps, first lines in Roman:
AMERICA                                        75
ANTHEM FOR EASTER                              54
ANVIL CHORUS                                  62
AULD LANG SYNE                                 86
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC                   43
BATTLE OF STONINGTON                           70
BETHANY                                        75
Be Thou , O God, Exalted High                   3
BLESSING                                       48
BLUE HILL                                       6
BOSTON                                        14
BRIDGEWATER                                     5
BUCKFIELD                                     31
CALVARY                                       100
CAMBRIDGE                                     26
CELESTIAL WATERING                            15
CHESTER                                        29
CHILD OF MORTALITY                            50
CHINA                                          27
Come, Holy Spirit                              25
Come, My Beloved, Haste Away                   19
Come, Sound His Praise Abroad                  67
COMPLAINT                                     30
CONFIDENCE                                     4
CORONATION                                     27
COUSIN JEDEDIAH                               82
DAVID'S LAMENTATION                            12
DEAREST SPOT OF EARTH                         27
DENMARK                                        77
DEVOTION                                       18
DOST THOU LOVE ME, SISTER RUTH?                80
DYING CHRISTIAN                               44
Early, My God, Without Delay                   7
Eternal Power, Whose High Abode                6
False Are the Men of High Degree               16
From the Third Heaven, Where God Resides       24
Gallant Ship From England Came                70
GERMAN HYMN (Pleyel)                            5
GLORY HALLELUJAH                               42
God of the Nations                            62
GREENWICH                                     18
HAIL, COLUMBIA                                 64
Here I Find No Rest                            67
Hill of Zion Yields                            21
HOME AGAIN                                     87
HOME, SWEET HOME                               86
How Beauteous Are Their Feet                   28
How Long, Dear Savior, oh, How Long?          18
How Vain Are All Thongs Here Below             11
I AM THE ROSE OF SHARON                      100
I AM WEARY                                     67
I Angels Sung a Savior's Birth                40
INVITATION                                     19
JEHOVAH'S PRAISE                               92
JERUSALEM, MY GLORIOUS HOME                   57
JOHN BROW                                     42
KIDD'S LAMENT                                  68
LENOX                                           8
Let Him to Whom We Now Belong                  17
Let the High Heavens Your Song Invite          29
LISBON                                        16
Lord Descended From Above                      22
Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing             48
LORD IS RISEN INDEED                           54
Lord On High Proclaims                         29
Lord, What a Thoughtless Wretch Was I          13
MAJESTY                                        22
MARSEILLES HYMN                               66
MEAR                                           8
Methinks I See a Heavenly Host                14
'Mis Pleasures and Palaces                     86
MILFORD                                        40
Miriam's Song                                  38
MONTAGUE                                       32
MONTGOMERY                                     7
Morning Sun Shines From the East               88
MOUNT SION                                     21
MY GRANDMA'S ADVICE                            76
My Soul, Thy Great Creator Praise               5
My Thoughts, That Often Mount the Skies       109
NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE                        75
NEW DURHAM                                     11
NEW JERUSALEM                                  24
NORTHFIRLD                                     18
Now Can My Soul in God Rejoice                  4
Now Shall My Head Be Lifted High                9
OCEAN                                          23
ODE ON SCIENCE                                 88
OLD FOLKS AT HOME                              81
OLD HUNDRED                                     3
O Thou to Whom All Creatures Bow               26
O 'Twas a Joyful Sound                         8
OUR FLAG IS THERE                              72
PLAINFIELD                                     17
PORTLAND                                       33
RAINBOW                                        10
RED, WHITE AND BLUE                            60
REVOLUTIONARY TEA                              71
RUSSIA                                        16
Salvation!, oh, the Joyful Sound               26
Savior, Visit Thy Plantation                   15
See What a Living Stone                      108
SHERBURNE                                     20
SILVER STREET                                  67
So Fades the Lovely, Blooming Flower            5
SONG OF THE OLD FOLKS                         86
SONS OF ZION, COME BEFORE HIM                105
SOUND THE LOUD TIMBREL                         38
Spare Us, O Lord, Aloud We Cry                30
STAFFORD                                     108
STAR SPANGLED BANNER                           41
ST. THOMAS                                     29
ST. MARTIN'S                                  26
STRIKE THE CYNBAL                              34
Sweet Is the Day of Sacred Rest                18
Sweet Is the Day of Sacred Rest                33
That Awful Day Will Surely Come                26
THERE IS A STREAM                            110
There Was an Old Lady Lived Over the Sea       71
Thy Works of Glory, Mighty Lord                23
Times, Indeed, Do Greatly Change               84
'Tis By Thy Strength the Mountains Stand       10
'TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER                   74
TURNER                                        25
VICTORY                                        9
Vital Spark of Heavenly Flame                  44
Welcome Sweet Day of Rest                      16
When Strangers Stand and Hear Me Tell          31
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night 20
Why Do We Mourn Departing Friends?             27
WINDSOR                                        26
WORCESTER                                     28
YANKEE DOODLE                                  69
YANKEE SLEIGH RIDE                            90
Ye Sons of Freedom, Wake to Glory             66
Ye Sons of Men, With Joy Record                32
Ye Tribes of Adam, Join                         8
You Captains Bold and Brave                   68

Google Books: Not available

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.