Road Out of Town
The Itinerant Band is made up of seven musicians from the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia. They come from diverse musical backgrounds and have a shared passion for history that has led them to specialize in the music of early America. They perform tunes and songs from the Irish, Scottish, English and French traditions that would have been heard in 17th and 18th century North America. In the spirit of the itinerant colonial musicians whose style they emulate, you may find as few as two or as many as seven of them at any given time and place performing everything from airs to sea chanties to dance tunes. When all together, the group consists of George Bame on guitar and vocals, Paul Brockman on fiddle and vocals, Bob Clark on hammered dulcimer, Susan Lawlor on flute, whistle and recorder, Dave McNew on bodhran, bones, Appalachian dulcimer and vocals, Mary Normand on Celtic harp, and Marsha Wallace on guitar, mandolin and vocals. 'The Road Out of Town' is the band's second collection. Ranging from 18th into early 19th century music, the album features several examples of tunes and songs that traveled from old countries to new. Military marches such as 'The White Cockade,' tunes from the English dance theatre such as 'The Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Black Joke,' jigs, reels and hornpipes from Scotland and Ireland, and American originals such as 'The Young Widow.' One highlight is rousing rendition of 'A Man's a Man,' which Scotland's most beloved poet, Robert Burns, wrote after being inspired by thoughts in Thomas Paine's 'Rights of Man.' Also included three original ('neo-traditional') tunes written by members of the band (we figured as long as we're portraying 18th century musicians, we might as well portray 18th century composers).