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I came across the "Rogue's March" while reading about an event in New York City history. After independence from England was declared on 4 July 1776, in Lower Manhattan, New Yorkers and Continental soldiers toppled the equestrian statue of King George III and carried away the head "in a nighttime procession to the tune of the Rogue's March, typically the musical accompaniment for community punishments such as tar and feathering" [Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock, 2017]. I was not familiar with that tune, so I went looking for it online and found several versions on You Tube, rendered traditionally with drum and fife, as well as more modern versions. I found it a catchy tune - and pretty soon I decided to record my own version - which is what is posted here, featuring my usual theme and variation approach.

Its history is vague. A tune of English origin played to accompany the expulsion of a soldier from the army, it appeared in common use in the late 18th Century. Apparently, the expulsion ceremony could be quite impressive, mustering the largest possible group of drummers and fifers to play while the offender was paraded around the camp and out the front entrance in disgrace. I suppose it was natural that the American Patriots would appropriate the tune for their own political purposes.

There are no "Military," "18th Century," nor "Drum n Fife" categories, so I put it in "Folk-traditional. "
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Uploaded: Jun 07, 2018 - 09:54:59 AM
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grah3am said 194 days ago (June 8th, 2018)
Fife and Drum
Should definitely be a category. This is brilliant, Warren.
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Warren Smith said 192 days ago (June 10th, 2018)
Categories
Of course, there's already a Drum n Bass category - and I momentarily considered putting it in there : )
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bronco said 194 days ago (June 8th, 2018)
Nice!
Good playing Warren! Your trademark sound applied to a traditional song is beguiling, betwixing, oh hell just a lot of fun! Nice to hear from you buddy!
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Warren Smith said 192 days ago (June 10th, 2018)
Fingerwork
I think this is about as fast as my fingers can play and still hit most of the notes : )
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Philip18 said 193 days ago (June 9th, 2018)
Rogue's March
Quite jaunty, considering its purpose - everyone must have been quite pleased with themselves as they did what they did! Entertaining tune.
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Warren Smith said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
Repurposed music
If I understand its history, this song has been repurposed a number of times over the years - and nobody really knows what it first was used for - maybe simply dancing?
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DWL said 192 days ago (June 10th, 2018)
A unique take
on traditional folk.

Very enjoyable and great fun!

Lovely weaving guitars.


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Warren Smith said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
Instrument savvy
Of course if I could I would've played this on a fiddle .. or a fife .. but I can't do either of those instruments .. so it had to be my guitar : )
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egobandit said 192 days ago (June 10th, 2018)
Drum and Fife
The guitar work is great, like when the heavy drums come in , keeps you hooked from beginning to end
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Warren Smith said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
From start to the finish
The melody is simple and so is the basic structure, but both of those elements help propel the little thing forward.
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Bowman said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
Reminds me
of the great English Folk Rock Band Steeleye Span.
Nice one Warren.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Warren Smith said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
Something new (to me)
I'm not familiar with that group - so I will now have to track them down and give them a listen. Fortunately, that's easier to do these days because so much music is available via the internet. Thanks for the tip.
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Warren Smith said 188 days ago (June 14th, 2018)
Steeleye Span
I have now listened to their first three albums : )
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FEEL said 191 days ago (June 11th, 2018)
Shows off your skills
Definitely has that unique Warren style to it. A Genre all your own. If I heard this in a elevator I would automatically know it's you. Enjoyed and thanks for sharing with us a little history.
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Warren Smith said 188 days ago (June 14th, 2018)
Elevator music - Fifth floor please ...
Well, you know, I really don't think too much about style when I'm playing, but rather concentrate on selecting sounds that appeal to my ear and to develop riffs that seem to move the song forward - that kind of thing. I suppose that ends up becoming a "style." It's flattering to think it's recognizable : )
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PeterB7858 said 188 days ago (June 14th, 2018)
Rogue's March
Your trademark guitar style works well with this genre. I like what the bass is doing. I like the backstory, too. Well put together. Thanks.
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