When the Taters Are All Dug




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Published on Jan 4, 2012

When the Taters Are All Dug - Vintage photos help tell this tale of an early 20th century potato harvest in Maine. Music by Jody Kruskal from his cd "Sing to me, concertina boy" http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jodykruskal4#

The lyrics are from Songs and Ballads of the Maine Lumberjacks, collected and edited by Roland Palmer Grey where he writes - "This broadside was contributed by Mr. Chadburne of Mattawamkeag, Maine, in 1916. He bought it from a young fellow who had finished work in the potato country and was without money. Mr. Chadburne thinks him the author of it, but is not certain. The young man thus paid his way."

Vocals and Anglo concertina - Jody Kruskal
Mandolin - Sam Zygmuntowicz
Guitar - Bill Peek

Photo credits:

Jack Delano
J.A. French
Lewis Wickes Hine
Dorothea Lange
Russell Lee
John Nelson
Mary E. Robbe
Steve Rosenthal
Daniel Sawyer
Charles J. Van Schaick
Ben Shahn
John Vachon
Marion Post Wolcott
Michele Stapleton
plus many anonymous photographers



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