This track explores the various stories and myths surrounding the bearded idol and personificationof the United States, Uncle Sam Wilson. The town of Troy, New York, has laid its claim as the “home of Uncle Sam” and its inhabitants tell us a detailed history of this internationally renowned figure who is widely considered to be a purely fictional character. The mythology of Uncle Sam unfolds through a collage of interviews with local people as they prepare for the annual Uncle Sam’s Day Parade.
We hear of his transformation from a local butcher during the War of Independence, into a cartoon character through his use in military propaganda. The parade day is captured with all its pomp and ritual as the many different marching bands are intercut into a single audio montage, combined with the drums of NYC collaborating artist Brian Fishler and moody bass guitar notes of guitarist Robbie Seahag.
from True Fictions : New Adventures in Folklore
released September 28, 2014
Documentary Interviews taken from recordings by Christopher Thomas Allen & Robert Rainbow at the Uncle Sam’s Day Parade & around the City of Troy, New York 2007.
Narrative Editors : Christopher Thomas Allen & James Price
Bass Guitar : Robbie Seahag
Drums : Brian Fishler & Uncle Sam’s Day Marching Bands
Rhodes Keys : Mark McRae
Fiddle : Luke Cissell
Music Arrangement : Tim Cowie & Mark McRae
Additional Post-Production : Malcolm Litson
Initial Arrangement and Recording Engineer: Ben Allen
Music Producer: Christopher Thomas Allen