The roots of American Old-Timey fiddle music
Musical Traditions Records - MTCD517
1. Flop-Eared Mule - The Highlanders. 2. Humphrey's Jig - Ed Haley. 3. Jenny Baker - Jimmy Johnson's String Band. 4. Waynesburgh - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. 5. Charleston No.3 - Narmour & Smith. 6. Too Young to Marry - The North Carolina Ramblers. 7. Devil's Dream - Jasper Bisbee. 8. Buck Creek Gal - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. 9. Grey Eagle - Ed Haley. 10. Billy in the Low Ground - Cuje Bertram. 11. Fisher's Hornpipe - Emmett Lundy. 12. Booth - Marcus Martin. 13. Fire in the Mountain - The Red-Headed Fiddlers. 14. Sally Brown Jig - Allen Sisson. 15. Black-Eyed Susie - Nester & Edmonds. 16. Wilson's Jig - Ed Haley. 17. Salt River - Kessinger Brothers. 18. Natchez Under the Hill - Emmett Lundy 19. Grandad's Favorite - Ernie Carpenter. 20. Queen of the Earth and Child of the Skies - Edden Hammons. 21. Polka Four - Kessinger Brothers. 22. Wake Up Susan - Ed Haley. 23. Jenny on the Railroad - Carter Brothers & Son. 24. Seneca Square Dance - Fiddlin' Sam Long. 25. Indian Ate the Woodchuck - Ed Haley. 26. Lady Hamilton - Manco Sneed. 27. Scolding Wife - Marion Reece. 28. Old Flannigan - The Blue Ridge Mountaineers. 29. Cumberland Gap - Manco Sneed. 30. The Old Clay Pipe - The North Carolina Ramblers.Jeff Davis writes from New Zealand, with an apology for not writing a review.
The difficulty for me in writing a review was that we are here in a small house on the other side of the world (no excuse there; what's the internet for, after all?), my entire library of books and recordings is back in Connecticut; we don't really have the internet here so getting to things like YouTube uses up vast amounts of data; I could get to the public library but I wasn't finding it a good place to work (listening on ear buds feels very confining. I'm a delicate creature apparently).
I was also feeling that I was a bit out of my depth despite the fiddle being the instrument I play most these days ('cause it is so damned hard). Without easy, or any, access to related or backup materials, I was feeling somewhat lost and insufficient to the task. I kept putting off getting started. I may get to it someday.
Because the CD is great. I'm so impressed with the work you do and, I confess, a bit awed by the work that Mike Yates does. I've listened numerous times, and read every word of the liner notes. You'd think that I'd feel I had all the information to write that stunningly positive piece for Musical Traditions. 'Tis an amazing collection. Somehow, though, it wasn't happening and for that - my last apology.
Jeff Davis - 26.3.20
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