Welcome to Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush Music
If you are looking for authentic Klondike and Alaska gold rush era music, this is the place.
The CD contains 24 songs performed from a book, “Music of the Alaska/Klondike Gold Rush. All 94 songs in the book were either written about the Gold Rush or sung by the folk at the time. The book includes the music, lyrics, images of covers, and photos of miners and performers. All music is accompanied with historical accounts collected from diaries, journals, and archives.
The music is performed by professional musicians in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Thoughts of the Klondike Gold Rush era provide images of dance hall girls in feathers and frills performing rousing music. The miners enjoyed the dance halls but the diaries of those stampeders also talk about the songs they sang in their lonely cabins or tents with dripping socks hanging from the rafters and frost seeping through the walls from the minus forty degrees outside.
"We found that music, more than anything, tended to ease the tensions among us. A fellow by the name of Bates often brought his guitar over to our cabin and we'd blow off steam, singing old songs at the top of our lungs."
Ed Lung had reason for tension. He and six hungry, disappointed companions were marooned for the winter of 1897-98 in a tiny cabin in the town of Circle, Alaska on the Yukon River. Many picture books exist about the this gold rush however now we can experience the music Lung sang and talked about.
The book includes much common music of the time with Gay Nineties tunes and old folks songs of interest to any lover of music.