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Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd <i>The Falling of the Pine</i>.  Photo:  Brian Miller
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, from their cd The Falling of the Pine. Photo: Brian Miller

How traditional tunes connect the northeast to the midwest

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A musician and folklorist from Minnesota is researching lumber camp songs and traditional music from Maine, throughout the North Country and to the north woods of the midwest.

Brian Miller grew up in the logging town of Bemidji, Minnesota. "In the shadow of the Paul Bunyan statue," he says. His research into 19th century lumber camp and Irish-American music has included singer Michael Dean, who was born and raised in St. Lawrence County.

Miller recently uncovered some of Dean's recordings (made back in the 1920s at Dean's sister's home in Canton) in the Library of Congress archives. The recordings had been lost for decades.

Todd Moe spoke with Miller about how these lost-and-found traditional songs can connect history, culture and regions.

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Todd Moe
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