From The G.W. Bennett Manuscript - Midland, 1860
An American minstrel-era song and dance tune attributed to Dan Emmett and published in 1843. This piece was incredibly popular throughout the middle years of the 19th century. It's about the boatmen who operated the flatboats on the Ohio and other rivers (including the Grand) in the early 1800s.
In the Bennett Manuscript it is presented as one of the tunes in the "Serenader's Quadrilles" a quadrille set comprised entirely of minstrel and African-American melodies.
It is played by Teilhard Frost in the sound file linked below.
|Title||Boatman Dance - Serenader's Quadrille No. 4|
|Subject||G.W. Bennett Manuscript Lakes & Rivers Reels & Hornpipes Etc.|
|Keywords||American minstrel river song|
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