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The American Civil War began on April 12th, 1861; the conflict would last four years and cost a total of 600,000 lives. Song was an important part of the war, songs were written to canvass support, shape opinion, make political statements and honour courage. This year Smithsonian Folkways have released two CD’s to mark the start of hostilities 150 years ago. One is Civil War Songs a re-issue of the 1973 album from the late Tom Glazer, the other is Civil War Naval Songs. The latter is the brainchild of IMM’s Dan Milner and includes a number of Irish American musicians. Both CD’s are accompanied by fascinating and superbly researched liner notes, running to over 60 pages of information.

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