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Performance Video: Limberlost Angel (Cynthia Shelhart)

This 1993 original, the title track of my Limberlost Angel CD, was inspired by the 1904 novel Freckles by Indiana author/naturalist Gene Stratton Porter. In the story, Freckles, an Irish orphan from Chicago, finds work guarding valuable timber in the Limberlost forests and swamps of northeast Indiana. Despite many challenges, he meets and wins the love of his life, known to readers only as “the Swamp Angel”; I gave her the new nickname “Limberlost Angel” after composing this air.

Recorded in April 2021 at St. John’s United Church, Chesterton IN, for the 2021 Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival.

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