Bunyan and Banjoes



In 1987 had a Sesquicentennial (150th birthday) and I had just started working in elementary schools so I could stay off the road and be with my family. I put together a collection of mostly-original songs about Michigan, put out the word, and started working two schools a day, 5 days a week, month after month for a couple of years – whew! Even after all of this time I hear from people who remember the songs, sing them to their kids, teach them in their classes…I had no idea they’d have that legacy and as a songwriter I’m very happy about that. It’s very folksy in style, with subjects about rivers, lumberjacks, pasties…and in 2004 I added 5 new songs to it (4 original, 1 traditional) and released it as a CD.

Track List

  1. Michigan Gals
  2. Voyageurs
  3. Roll Loggers Roll
  4. Jack Haggerty
  5. Rivers
  6. Michigan ABC
  7. Maple Syrup
  8. Pierre and Marie
  9. Louie Sands and Jim McGee
  10. Wheels
  11. Red Iron Ore
  12. Great Lakes Lights
  13. Sisters of the Lights
  14. I Never Will Sail
  15. Ode to the Pasty
  16. Michigan Waltz
  17. Mackinac Bridge/St. Anne’s Reel (unabridged)