BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WEST BOUNTIFUL – A few Mormons have heard the song, “Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy,” but the song is rather obscure, West Bountiful resident and guitarist Jay Burton admits.
The old folk song, and others even less familiar, will be performed by Blue Mountain in a concert at the LDS Church History Museum, 45 N. West Temple, on July 26 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and no tickets are required.
Many concert goers will recognize the tunes, since the words to many Mormon folk songs were put to traditional folk tunes, Burton said.
Blue Mountain performs the folk music of early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One such piece is “Tittery Aire Aye.”
The group, made of five employees of the church, began about two years ago. The musicians wanted to play together during their lunch hour, Burton said.
The music they played was folk music, often traditional folk music brought to the United States by immigrants.
The group’s first concert was put together for St. Patrick’s Day in 2012 and featured old Irish folk tunes.
Then, the group’s founder Ed Riding came up with the idea of putting together pioneer music and members began looking through old Mormon songbooks. The group first performed this music at a concert in November.
Because the music is based on tunes taken from pioneer songbooks, it seemed appropriate for a Pioneer Day concert, Burton said.
Blue Mountain’s music embraces a variety of traditional songs, a press release said. It contains railroad, pioneer, Mormon Battalion, Nauvoo and restoration themes.
The performance will roughly trace the chronological history of the church from its origins in the eastern United States to Salt Lake City and beyond.
Each song will be introduced with a short background to provide historical context.
At November’s concert, the group performed a historical version of “Come, Come Ye Saints,” Burton said. This year, they’ve chosen the hymn “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Some members will recognize the hymn, but maybe not the tune.
“The version we found in an old songbook is more accurate for the time period,” Burton said.
Concert attendees will get lyrics and music for sing-along portions of the show.
“Be prepared to come and sing,” Burton said.
He also advised arriving early. The venue seats about 100 and “we had almost a packed house in November during a snowstorm,” Burton said.