gareth dunlop - Shenandoah

Tennessee Rogan Plantation House (location 41)

Song

Shenandoah is one of the most beguiling songs in the north American tradition. In the early days of north America’s life, rivers were a very essential part of trading routes, and the boatmen and trappers who plied their trades were well-known as singers – it’s a global phenomenon, singing when working, lessening the chore. Some sources suggest the song is based around a trader falling in love with the daughter of the famed Indian Chief, Shenandoah, after whom the river, city and by association university have been named. Whatever its truth, this shanty has found its way into the hearts of people right across the world.

O Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, you rolling river
O Shenandoah, I long to hear you
Away, we're bound away ´cross the wide Missouri

O Shenandoah, I love your daughter
Away, you rolling river
O Shenandoah, I love your daughter
Away, we're bound away ´cross the wide Missouri 

O Shenandoah, I'm bound to leave you
Away, you rolling river
O Shenandoah, I'll not deceive you
Away, were bound away ´cross the wide Missouri 

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Location

Francis Rogan built this house in the 1820s in Sumner County, Tennessee. By 1860 Francis Rogan owned 71 slaves. He was in the highest 5% of slave owners in Tennessee at the time.

Francis was the son of an Ulster emigrant, Hugh Rogan, a weaver from near Strabane on the border between Counties Tyrone and Donegal. He married Nancy Duffy and they had a son Bernard. In 1775 Hugh left Nancy and Bernard and went to America. After working at various jobs he joined an expedition down the Cumberland River to identify land in the unknown western region. This area became Tennessee.

Hugh got caught up in the American War of Independence and was unable to return to Ulster for many years. Eventually he brought his wife Nancy and his son Bernard, now 22, to his farm in Tennessee.

Hugh and Nancy’s second son Francis was born in Tennessee in 1798. Francis built this house beside his parents’ home on the family farm. Francis married Martha Lytle Read in 1833 in Tennessee. They had at least seven children. Four of their children survived to adulthood.

The value of his real estate was $46,600. The value of his personal property, including slaves, was $46,030. Hugh and Martha both left slaves to their children.

Slavery in Tennessee lasted until 1865. Many people needing income and shelter remained and worked for their former owners. In 1870, Francis Rogan and family had five black people living with them. Their names are Eliza Bill, Richmond, Jason Rogan, Rhodes, and Stokely. Their work included cooking and labouring.

Francis died on 26th September 1885.

The Rogan house is made from dark red brick, made close to where the house was built. Have a look at the brickwork patterns. The north and west facing walls are built in decorative Flemish bond pattern, while the south and east facing walls, away from the original approach to the house, are built in plainer common bond.

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Artist

Gareth Dunlop is a singer-songwriter who is a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and record producer. His distinct songwriting and vocal styles have led to his songs being featured in numerous television shows, films and commercials. In 2013, Dunlop’s song “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” was part of the soundtrack for the movie Safe Haven based on a romance novel by Nicholas Sparks. His song was the second best selling single on the album. Currently Gareth is in a joint venture publishing deal with Moraine Music Group and Round Hill Music. He spends time in both the US and Northern Ireland, but permanently lives in Belfast and operates a recording studio in Hollywood. As a songwriter and artist, Gareth has a mix of folk and soul music, which can be heard in films, television shows and commercials, such as for Subaru in the US, Discover Northern Ireland, and Disney Germany. Television shows featuring his songs include NASHVILLE, House, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Switched at Birth, Army Wives, Lucifer, Cougar Town, and Bones. The poetic vulnerability in his songs and distinctive, soulful voice has led to him touring in the UK, Europe and US, opening for a diverse group of artists including Van Morrison, The Stereophonics, James Morrison and more. He is one of the most gifted and exceptional live performers Northern Ireland has ever produced.

https://garethdunlop.com

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