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Friday Night Concert: John Hartford, “The Julia Belle Swain

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 31, 2014


I went this evening to give a talk to the Houston-area chapter of the Steamship Historical Society of America on the packet trade on Buffalo Bayou. It was great fun, with some challenging questions from these folks. I don’t know any Buffalo Bayou steamboat songs, so here’s the late, great John Hartford with one of my favorites of his, “The Julia Belle Swain.” Enjoy.



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  1. Corey Meyer said, on February 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Ridden that ship numerous time when it was in Peoria, Il.

    Thanks for the memory

  2. Duane Whitlock said, on February 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Some of the words in this song were lifted from “De Glendy Burk” written in the late 1850’s by Stephen Foster; but, I don’t know anyone who did a better job with them than John!

    Thanks for the tune Andy.

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