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The music of California’s Gold Rush is a deep well that captures the sentiments of those rough and rugged times. Many of the songs are mournful lamentations of struggle, grief and loss. All of the songs on Striking Up Gold Mountain were carefully chosen by our music director, Peggy Reza. Here are some vital sources that you might want to explore.
Days of 49:
Here is an amazing document that tells not only about the song, Days of 49, but also gives rich insight into Gold Rush History…http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW05255.pdf