Campfire songbook gets a sequel

A follow-up to a massively popular campfire songbook with origins tracing back more than 40 years to summer camp was recently released.

riseagainsongbookRise Again contains close to 1,200 songs in a spiral bound book much like the original Rise Up Singing songbook that originated with songs being sung around the campfire at the Farm and Wilderness summer camp at Tamarack Farm in Vermont.

Peter Blood, who created the original songbook and compiled the new one with his wife Annie Patterson, was a counselor at Tamarack Farm in the ’70s and frequently led sing-alongs, many of them current tunes by Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Joan Baez. The book was originally published in the underground without copyright clearances but with the help of Pete Seeger it became a legitimate and revered songbook with more than one million copies in print.

Blood took a similar approach with the new volume, incorporating classic American and British folk tunes not in the original book with contemporary songs from groups like the Avett Brothers, the Decemberists, Dropkick Murphys, First Aid Kit, Sufjan Stevens and Feist.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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