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"Ashokan Farewell" Doc and The Lady

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I just love the simple beauty of this song. It always sums up the great loss of the American Civil War and the sadness of brother against brother. This is way better than the original by Ungar. Great feeling and passion here from both players. I am not even into country music that much but all of your stuff is just so warm and honest, that is what I love about it all. Greetings from England, UK. 
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+gumecindos1fan  Actually, it was written by Ungar in 1982.  Ken Burns liked it so much that he asked to use it for his documentary.  It does have a really folksy sound to it, though.
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+Taylor Hudson The believe that Ungar is a Bluegrass musician. I like Ungar's version for it's use in the Civil War doc as it's more spare and plaintive for the subject although it was not written with than in mind, at all.
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150 Years ago today.
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Finally someone who understands musical phrasing.  Jay Ungar plays it at metronome rate for the Ken Burns Civil War Series, which makes it sound hurried.
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He wrote it.  It sounds like he intended it to sound.  Your expectations and preferences don't change the intent of the song, just how much your bullshit stinks.
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+Pugiron Manfred Mann improved on Blinded by the Light,  as difficult an act as Springsteen is to top, but of course I realize that melody writing is a vastly-higher-level skill than mere performing.
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Hypnotising. A pleasant way to drift away from life's wows.
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She can make the violin sound so sad that angels are brought to tears. This is my favorite interpretation of the song.
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A musical interpretation cannot be any better than this! I could actually here the bag pipes in there,Lady,and the guitar playing was spot on as well,sir.Thanks!
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Brings tears...so beautiful. Thank U.
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Beautiful... very nice
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Wow! I'm overwhelmed. Have never heard a better expression of that song. I'm in love with The Lady and her violin---her nuances and inflections she puts in to the violin are absolutely perfect for that the Ashokan Farewell.
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+painter790 I need to apologize to Doc for ignoring him. Now that I listen to this on my Ipod, out of the sight and visual charms of the Lady, I see how the blending of the guitar notes, which is so well done, really ads to this piece. The last half is now my favorite part
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MrGitPicker, I don't think the nights were cold in Gettysburg in July. Maybe not so humid
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A very nice and touching rendition.  I see no need to compare to Jay and Molly's versions and find it rather idiotic to criticize the person who wrote the tune.  I'd think it is very appropriate for the original version to be played more in meter and tempo to make it easier to imagine more invisible instruments playing along.  Still I like this phrasing and it really is a good idea to find your own approach to make your rendition your own.  Very well played.
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Ally Hunt Shared on Google+ · 5 months ago
These guys are awesome!
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Flawless.  This girl could play for God HImself !  Thanks for posting your great work.
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Excellent version, expression and timing truly a rarity, and enjoyed thoroughly.
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that is the best rendition i've heard of this song,, do you have the notes or music for the guitar?
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I had to sing it in choir
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Love your music. Do you have CDs for purchase?
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You could write a thousand words on a page and still not be able to express what this duet just expressed.
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Breathtaking!  She's a violin section all by herself.  Best interpretation ever, bar none.   I believe this & Cavatina are the two most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
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Awesome. Just learning this.
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Such a great tune and played so well. Thank you.
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Every time in watch this it gives me chills
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Exactly my feeling, though I couldn't quite put it
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You really play it so well.  The violin sings.  I love the way the two of you have put this together.  It is really terrific and so moving.
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The lady is as big as the violin but plays a loud fiddle, and touching
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Wow, this is VERY nicely played. One can just sit back and imagine some old-timey scene of folks saying farewells to each other as they leave a family or friends gathering in the mountains. Wonderful.
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I played this song for the Hamilton comps. I came first and think i owe it to these guys for the inspiration. i love the version of this. its Great!
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A fabulous rendition of a superb piece of music cannot forget this ever
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such a beautiful song... However I wasn't aware Asha Greyjoy was so good on the fiddle!
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not a song, its a piece. just sayin...
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46 village idiots have escaped & gained access to a computer somewhere.
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43 thumbs down, must have been shoved up their asses.
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Wow, you must be a happy guy.  I wish I were you. 
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How do you thumbs down this performance? You do not have to be happy to give a thumb up. I think you must be an idiot to thumb it down. Or deaf..You can be happy like me too insurance guy. First off you make money giving people nothing. Start with that...
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Impeccably played, and the phrasing superb...a depth of feeling that surpasses even the original. Marvelous.
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Been listening to this for years...never gets old.
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both of you are just fantastic.
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Beautiful!!!!....One of my favorite songs and an awesome rendition!  Thank you for sharing it with us.
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One of the most beautiful renditions of this song I have ever heard. She plays a haunting melody with such deep feeling.  
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Impeccably played, and the phrasing superb...a depth of feeling that surpasses even the original. Marvelous.
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This is the most haunting melody I have ever heard.  I play it over and over.
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So elegantly played!  What a beautiful tribute to the music of the mid 19th century... knowing that this song was written by Jay Ungar in 1982.     
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im playing this right now
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This brings tears to my eyes. Very well done! Thanks,
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Just wunderful and inspiring peice. Thank you!
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The Lady rocks. Chills all around.
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Absolutely gorgeous.
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Just so you all know, this song moves us when we play it together as much as it does some of you. Thank you for your nice comments and Thank you Jay Ungar!
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Your music washes away the day-to-day. Thank you and God bless you.
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Perfection! This will be heard at my funeral.
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It will be played at my funeral also...I fell lin love with this song when I first heard the Osborne Brothers perform it on the Ralph Emery program.
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I heard it on Ken Burns'  The Civil War, but this is my favorite version.  Beautiful piece of music...
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So I was packing up my office and this melody came into my head - so I stopped and said what is this?  I remembered the title and said to myself - how appropriate, the "haunting melody" theorem once again surfaces.  Great performance.
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That is really soulful. Thank you.
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whyonlydocand ladywithashokan
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Well done. Thank you.
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Impressive. What a fine sensibility... Thanks from Basque Country - Spain
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God bless you and bring you peace
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David........... well said. I can add no more.
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Thanks for the beautiful song. I love how you slowed it down. This song is going to be played at my grandma's funeral next weekend. She had been learning to play the violin the last few years and her instructor is going to come play it and the instructor's mother will be playing the guitar.
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I play this on my "moothie"  (Scottish expression for harmonica) at the local retirement village here in Oz. Jay Ungar you are a star to have brought this to us - such a haunting tune. I've commented before but I just love listening to this great version.
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Just listened to your video on you tube at robert mcinnes house see you in July Ronnie
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They do such wonderful job with this classic.  I love their take.
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David M Garens Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
Civil War music written in  1982
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I don't know the name of that violinist, but based on her looks, the way she plays that violin and the expression on her face at the end: all the evidence suggests she's a close relation of Mark O'Connor.  :-)
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Wonderful rendition! Just finished watching Ken Burns' series last night and a friend who is a violin player suggested your video.
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I think this version is more expressive than the one with Jay Ungar himself.
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Who is kevin? Ken burns brought me here.
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Wow! The best version I have yet heard... I play both violin and mandolin. I love the feel you gave to it. It sounds like a song that should of been used for a war movie or the Titanic. Love it! Keep up the good work. :o)
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Beautiful! I would also like to hear "Doc" do a solo on his guitar. Is that possible? Thanks!
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One of the very best renditions of this tune that I have evr heard.. You people are very deserving of all the praise that has been heaped on you... This rendition brings tears to my eyes for NO apparent reason.. What is that for a 66 year old man..??
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This mournful melody captured my heart. I don't know if the words are sad, but the music is simply beautiful. I REALLY have enjoyed the melody a great deal and have added it to my play list. Thank you for this rendition. I had never heard of this song until Susan Branch added the link to her BLOG, so you can thank her for exposing you to thousands to happy readers. Karen Lighthall
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Dear Momma.. The nights have been cold here in Gettysburg and the days long. If I don`t come home tell Mary I love her....
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And so, a new day dawns as the sounds of the last linger on.....
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much as I would like to pick along, there are times when the sheer beauty of the tune as here performed, you just must let it caress your soul and just sit!! BRAVO
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I wish they hadn't cut the video off at the applause-and ovation is deserved here for this magnificent performance. :)
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Words simply cannot express, I have so many things I want to say but I can't think of the right words... Absolutely amazing.
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whos kevin? really iam serious haha
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This melody is played in my home at least once everyday, and has been for a while. One of two things are true: Angels wrote "Ashoken Farewell", or Jay Ungar IS in fact an angel. I don't see any other way.
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Excellent and haunting and beautiful.
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And bye the way ashokan water is the purest in the nation!
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Well that is as well played a version as I ever heard. Lovely!
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I decided to listen to this sitting at my desk at work on headphones. Bad idea. I couldn't stop my eyes from leaking.
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A rocky Maine coast sunrise and a Canadian Rockies sunset are appropriate settings to accompany this beautiful rendition. Then, if ever, comes a perfect day. Bravo!
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The stressed notes on her violin expresses the fear teenage boys felt as they meet their death on the bloody fields of The American Civil War: 600,000 died before they knew life!
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It's sweet, it's haunting and it's extremely well played. Ashokan Farewell as it should be played, Well Done!
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My grandpa gave me the sheet music for this and said "Learn to play this so you can play it at my funeral. I will have someone pay you $20 afterwards." I'm like stop it! You're not dying and I'm not getting money from this at your funeral!! This song depresses me, now.
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Absolutely incredible. Phenomenal players.
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