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Cumberland Gap

Written by TraditionalUnreleased song
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Cumberland Gap” is an Appalachian folk song that likely dates to the latter half of the 19th century and was first recorded in 1924. The song is typically played on banjo or fiddle, and well-known versions of the song include instrumental versions as well as versions with lyrics. A version of the song appeared in the 1934 book, American Ballads and Folk Songs, by folk song collector John Lomax. Woody Guthrie recorded a version of the song at his Folkways sessions in the mid-1940s, and the song saw a resurgence in popularity with the rise of bluegrass and the American folk music revival in the 1950s. In 1957, British musician Lonnie Donegan had a Top 10 hit with a skiffle version of “Cumberland Gap”.

The song’s title refers to the Cumberland Gap, a mountain pass in the Appalachian Mountains at the juncture of the states of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. The gap was used in the latter half of the 18th century by westward-bound migrants travelling from the original 13 American colonies to the Trans-Appalachian frontier. During the U.S. Civil War (1861–1865), Union and Confederate armies engaged in a year-long back-and-forth struggle for control of the gap. […]

Paul McCartney rehearsed this song in anticipation of his 1991 “Unplugged” concert. This rehearsal was officially broadcast as part of the Oobu Joobu radio show. Paul McCartney rehearsed

Last updated on June 21, 2019

Bootlegs


Unplugged - The Rehearsals

Unofficial live

1:33 • LiveL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

1:34 • Studio versionL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


The Soundcheck Songs Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 1997

1:24 • SoundcheckL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

Studio version • Medley with "Admiral Hasley"


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

1:33 • LiveL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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