Cleveland's March

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CLEVELAND'S MARCH (TO THE WHITE HOUSE). AKA - "Cleveland Marching to the White House." Old-Time, March. Grover Cleveland ran for the Presidency in the 1880's and was elected twice, in 1885 and 1893. Mike Yates (2002) believes the tune dates to one of these election campaigns. The tune is fairly well known in the Blue Ridge mountain area of western Virginia and North Carolina. It was in the repertoire of fiddler Emmett Lundy (b. 1864), from Grayson County, Virginia, who was recorded playing the tune in 1941 by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax for the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song. A version called "Piper's Gap" was played by banjo player Rob Tate (who lived between Piper's Gap and Fancy Gap, Carroll County, Virginia) in 1979 for Mike Yates.

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Recorded sources: Heritage 070, Roscoe Parish (Galax, Va.) - "The Old-Time Way." Musical Traditions MTCD321-2, Rob Tate - "Far in the Mountains, vols. 1 & 2" (2002. Appears as "Piper's Gap"). Rounder CD 0439/40, Bertie Caudill Dickens (1902-1994) - "The North Carolina Banjo Collection" (appears as "Cleveland's Marching to the White House"). Voyager VRCD-354, Hart & Blech - "Build Me a Boat" (appears as "Cleveland Marching to the White House").

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