The other day I was browsing on You Tube looking for a song and came across an old favorite, Ashokan Farewell. This haunting song was the de facto theme song of the 1990 Ken Burns' Civil War documentary , but it isn't a nineteenth-century song. It was written by Jay Unger in 1982 as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps in upstate New York, run by Ungar and his wife Molly Mason.
Jay Ungar described this as a song of "longing and loss" and when I hear it I do think of homesick Civil War soldiers. But the song also makes me feel a bit of early 90s nostalgia as well.
A few years ago I tried to play a ukulele arrangement I'd found but it was too hard and I figured it was just one of those songs that doesn't translate well to the uke. I was thrilled to find an easier version of Ashokan Farewell by Sawlon that works really well on the uke. The tab is included in his YouTube video but you can also contribute to Sawlon's blog and I believe he will send you the tab separately. I copied the the tab on the video to uke blank manuscript paper.
By the way, the Ashokan Music and Dance camp has an annual ukulele fest. This year the Ashokan Uke Fest 2016 is from Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30.
Playing fingerstyle ukulele, with information about the songs and where to find the ukulele tablature so that you can play these songs yourself.