A lifelong collector and performer of traditional songs, George Ward draws on the rural singing tradition of the American Northeast for his main inspiration. Ancient ballads migrant in the New World, songs of the rural home and .
Georgeâ€™s writing includes contemporary songs, often in traditional style, dance tunes and other explorations for a variety of traditional instruments and soundtracks for a number of film and television productions. He is best known for traditional and original music soundtracks for no less than four productions telling the story of the Erie Canal, created over a twenty-five year span of waterways research.
A folklorist by academic training, George and his wife, Vaughn Ward, have been active for over thirty years in the documentation and public presentation of source artists, the true tradition-bearers within whose families and communities traditional arts are carried on. The Wardsâ€™ productions of recordings, concerts, exhibits and festivals of traditional artists earned them one of only two Evergreen Lifetime Achievement Awards ever given by Traditional Arts of Upstate New York.
1. Here's the Tender Coming
2. The Gallant Yankee Ship
3. Constitution and Guerriere
4. The Flash Frigate
5. Battle of the Shannon and Chesapeake
6. The Tacking of a Full-Rigged Ship Offshore
7. Shipboard Tunes: Nancy Dawson, Off She Goes, Drops Of Brandy
8. The Port Admiral
9. Perry's Victory
10. The Dartmoor Prison Break
11. The Wasp and the Reindeer
12. The Constellation and L'Insurgente
13. Old Ironsides/Hull's Victory