Voyager Recordings & Publications

Catalog of Compact Discs
Traditional Fiddle, Dance, and String Band Music

You can order the following compact discs of traditional fiddle, Dance, and string band music from Voyager Recordings. This catalog listing is by our release number, rather than by style or type of music. To locate releases by a particular artist, go to the Artist Directory, where the artists are listed in alphabetical order with links to the catalog entries for each artist. Double click the cover thumbnail to view a full sized image of the cover.

Repertoire Builder Series releases are in a separate catalog that may be reached by clicking here: Repertoire Builder Series

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FIDDLE JAM SESSION
CD 301

Dick Barrett: Whisky Before Breakfast; Byron Berline: Lost Indian, Sally Johnson, Arkansas Traveler, Monroe's Hornpipe; Bill Long: Grey Eagle, Leather Britches, Sally Johnson/Katy Hill, Wagoner, Cluck Old Hen, Fiddling Rag; Pete McMahan: Spotted Pony (sic Snowshoe), Hell on the Wabash; Bill Mitchell: Charleston No. 2, Hell Among the Yearlings; Ray Osborne: Turkey in the Straw, Cacklin' Hen; Lonnie Peerce: Sourwood Mountain, Black Mountain Rag, Waltz of the Bluegrass; Llewelyn Sexsmith: Bailey's, Victory Breakdown; Fay Sneed: Fort Smith; Ora Spiva: Rye Whiskey, Cluck Old Hen, Lost Indian; Loyd Wanzer: Jean LaTippe; Jim Widner: East Tennessee Blues; Dwayne Youngblood: Jack of Diamonds; Texas Shorty, Byron Berline: Apple Blossom; Dave Frisbee, Byron Berline, Texas Shorty: Bill Cheatham; Bud Meredith, Lonnie Peerce: Swinging Fiddles; Don Gish, Loyd Wanzer: Snow Deer, Possum up the Gum Stump; J.C. Gentle, Bill Mitchell: Sally Goodin; Don Wiles, Jimmy Widner, Vivian Williams: Flop-Eared Mule; Bill Long, Bill Mitchell: Arkansas Traveler, Sally Goodin; Bill Long, Ora Spiva: 8th of January, Bill Long, Bill Mitchell, Vivian Williams: Leather Britches; Bill Mitchell, Vivian Williams: Fishers Hornpipe, Devil's Dream

Spirited, spontaneous playing by well known and not so well known fiddlers recorded at jam sessions at the national contest at Weiser, Idaho and other Northwest fiddle events 1964-1970. Many of the styles, tunes, and fiddlers represented can be heard only on recordings from this great era in American fiddling. Digitally remastered from master tapes originally released as Voyager LP 301 "Fiddle Jam Session" in 1967 and LP 304 "More Fiddle Jam Sessions" in 1972.

Sound Clips: Byron Berline - Sally Johnson MP3 MP3(LoFi); Arkansas Traveler MP3 MP3(LoFi) ; Lonnie Peerce - Sourwood Mountain MP3 MP3(LoFi)

What the Reviewers Say Liner Notes How the Recording Was Made


COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN
OLD TIME SOUTHERN SINGING AND PLAYING IN WESTERN WASHINGTON
CD 302

Fred McFalls - guitar, banjo, vocals; Ben Bryson - mandolin, vocals; Paul Wiley - banjo, vocals; The Mills Family - Lulla Bell, Don, Grady - guitar, vocals; Henry Vanoy - banjo, fiddle; Roy Caudill - banjo; Ellis Cowan - fiddle; Bill Pruett - guitar

Comin' Round the Mountain, I'll Live in Glory, Tom Dooley, Pretty Polly, Johnson Boys (fiddle), You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley, John Henry, Old Coon Dog, The Drunken Driver, Cumberland Gap (Wiley), What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul, Cindy, There's a Light at the River, Lost Indian, You Are My Sunshine, Sail Away Ladies, I Can Tell You Now the Time, Shortnin' Bread, Paul and Silas, Cripple Creek, Big Stone Gap, Just One Way to the Pearly Gates, Chicken Reel, Down in the Willow Garden, Soldiers Joy, Lonely Tombs, Eight More Miles to Louisville, Cumberland Gap (Caudill & Vanoy), Some Forty Years Ago, Cotton Eyed Joe, Where Did You Get Those Pretty Little Shoes, Lonesome Road Blues, Springtime in Heaven, Johnson Boys (banjo)

The selections on this CD were recorded in Western Washington in the 1960s by traditional musicians who had moved to the area from the South and the Ozarks. Twenty of the selections were released by us on an Lp record in 1969. Most of the musicians came from around Silva, North Carolina, after WWII to work in the timber industry around Darrington, Washington. Some of the selections are field recordings made in the musician's homes; others are from home recordings the musicians made of each other; some come from concerts we helped present in Seattle in the 1960s. This music was played at school houses, churches, community halls, picnics, and in living rooms in the 1960s simply as a part of the life of the community. Most of this music has now disappeared from the local scene, though Darrington hosts a popular annual bluegrass festival. These are the musicians we (Phil and Vivian) played with and learned from in the early 1960s, and we are glad to be able to release this CD glimpse into an important musician heritage of our region.

Sound Clips: Cumberland Gap (Caudill & Vanoy) MP3 MP3(LoFi); There's a Light at the River MP3 MP3(LoFi); Big Stone Gap MP3 MP3(LoFi); You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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GID TANNER & HIS SKILLET LICKERS:
A CORN LICKER STILL IN GEORGIA
CD 303

Clayton McMichen - fiddle, Lowe Stokes - fiddle, Fate Norris - banjo, Riley Puckett - guitar

This is the famous skit recorded between 1927 and 1930 by the best known of the early Southern string bands. These originally were issued on seven 78 rpm records, and, at that time, were about the most popular country item on the market, selling over 1 million copies. The skit is about moonshining in North Georgia during Prohibition. In addition to the humor - which ranges from pretty funny to pretty stilted - there are about 40 brief music selections, which include some great fiddling by Lowe Stokes and Clayton McMichen, and some little known tunes. One of the classics of old time music. Digitally remastered and assembled as a continuous skit.

Sound Clip: Rye Whiskey MP3, MP3(LoFi)

What the Reviewers Say Liner Notes How the Recording Was Made


BENNY AND JERRY THOMASSON:
THE WEISER REUNION
CD 309

Benny Thomasson - fiddle, Jerry Thomasson - tenor guitar, Dale Thomasson - guitar

Cripple Creek, Salt River, Apple Blossom, Liverpool Hornpipe, Paddy on the Turnpike/Snowbird in the Ashes, Sally Johnson, Draggin' the Bow, Leather Britches, Wagoner, Billy in the Lowground, Don't Let the Deal Go Down, That's A-Plenty, Kansas City Kitty, Jack of Diamonds, Grey Eagle, Soppin' the Gravy, Cotton Patch Rag, Hotfoot, Durang's Hornpipe, Twinkle Little Star

Recorded informally in Benny's camp at Weiser, ID, in 1972. One of the most spirited jams ever recorded, presented just as it happened. Benny Thomasson was the greatest of all Texas-style fiddlers. In 1972, after moving to Washington State, Benny did not think he would fiddle again. Northwest Folklife found him and brought him to the 1972 Northwest Folklife Festival where he found a lot of fiddlers who knew who he was and were very happy to see him. This led him to the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest at Weiser with his son, Dale. Jerry drove up from Texas, got out of his car, grabbed his tenor guitar, and this jam session commenced, with the family very happy to be playing together again. Jerry's incredible tenor guitar backup brought this instrument solidly into Texas style fiddling and is a perfect compliment to the unbeatable fiddling of his father, Benny. We are indebted to Brooks Otis, who got out our portable recording gear and got this session down on tape from the moment it began.

Sound Clips: Don't Let the Deal Go Down MP3, MP3(LoFi)

What the Reviewers Say Liner Notes How the Recording Was Made


GERRY ROBICHAUD: DOWN EAST FIDDLING
CD 310

Gerry Robichaud - fiddle, Chuck LeBlanc - piano, Art Richard - bass

Slope Road Jig, Golden Wedding Reel, Mother's Day Waltz, Sandra's Jig, Ottawa Valley Reel, Uncle Louie's Clog, Don Tremaine's Jig, Grand Valley Waltz, Rocket Richard's Reel, Prince County Jig, Centennial Waltz, Dickie Rogers, Peace River Jig, Daffodil Waltz, David's Jig, Twin Sisters

French Canadian Gerry Robichaud learned his fiddling in St. Paul, New Brunswick, where he was raised, from his mother and four other fiddlers in his immediate family. He was greatly influenced by Canadian fiddlers Don Messer and Tommy Doucet. He moved to the U.S. in 1955, and has been the dance fiddler at the French Club, Waltham, Massachusetts, for the past few decades. He was five times Massachusetts Federation Fiddle Champion, three times Northeast Regional champion, and placed in the top ten at the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest at Weiser, ID. Great fiddling by a master of Maritime Canadian dance fiddling! Recorded in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1973 by Mark Wilson and Frank Ferrel.

Sound Clip: Don Tremaine's Jig MP3, MP3(LoFi)

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GRANT LAMB: MANITOBA FIDDLER
CD 312

Grant Lamb - fiddle, Vivian Williams - piano, Dick Marvin, Gordon Tracie - guitar, Stan Guernsey - tenor banjo, Phil Williams - bass

Vivian's Polka, Webb's Hornpipe, Davy McDonald's Jig, George Neddery's Clog, Grant Lamb's Breakdown, Flatiron Jig, Gerrald's Favorite, Wilfred Hately's Waltz, Bruce Lamb's Jig, Darkie's Dream, Mountain Hornpipe, Bagot 2-Step, Phil's Clog, Durang's Hornpipe, Dry River Waltz, Johnny's Jig, Opera Reel, Elsmith 4-Step, Turkey in the Straw, French Minuet, Little Black Hen, Jack Cross Two Step, The Tarr Waltz, Rock Valley Jig, Three Legged Milk Stool, Waltz Quadrille, Reel in A, Bob Leader's Two Step, Norwegian Waltz, Atkins Polka No. 4

Grant Lamb was a farmer and old time dance fiddler from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He was Manitoba fiddle champion in 1953, 1954, and 1955. We looked forward to his visits every winter for a few days of good tunes. On this recording he plays old time dance music from the Canadian Midwest, much of it learned from his family. He plays in a lively, driving style. This is a reissue of his 1974 LP, recorded in Seattle in our studio, with ten additional tunes added from later recordings from our studio and elsewhere.

Sound Clip: Mountain Hornpipe MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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NEIL JOHNSON: NEIL JOHNSTON'S MIXED BAG
CD 314

Neil Johnson - fiddle, Lyman Rogers - backup fiddle, Bill Knox - backup fiddle, Vivian Williams - backup fiddle, piano, & bass, Thelma Ashby & Mike McClellan - piano, Bob Ashby, Harold Buis, Alan Billingsley, Brion Lundgren, Debbie Lundgren, Henry Shanks, Phil Williams, Ralph Kissinger - guitar, Ken Flaten - accordion, Mike Alger, Jim Calvert, Jr., Thane Mitchell - bass

Goofus, One Rose, Bride of the Wind, St. Louis Blues, Goodnight Waltz, Turkey in the Cottonwoods, In the Garden, Love Letters in the Sand, Darkness on the Delta, Forty Years Ago Waltz, Fishers Hornpipe, Martin's Waltz, Silver Threads Among the Gold, When My Baby Smiles at Me, Shamus O'Brien, Old Rugged Cross, Cherokee Maiden, Coquette, Black Velvet Blues, Swingin' in Miami

Neil Johnston was a popular performer at fiddle shows and contests throughout the Pacific Northwest in the 1970's and 1980's. He came to the region from Nebraska, and, like most Northwest fiddlers, picked up a broad range of tunes from other fiddlers in the region. His specialty was the old time dance tunes, swing and blues that he played back in Nebraska in the 1930's. This is a reissue of the LP that Neil made in 1974, with the addition of some tunes from his 45 rpm records. The tunes were recorded at fiddle shows, in Neil's living room, and at Voyager's studios. He was a teacher and liked to use some of his high school students to back him up. He trained them well! We know you will enjoy this "mixed bag" of tunes from a fine Northwest fiddler.

Sound Clips: In the Garden MP3 MP3(LoFi); Darkness on the Delta MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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BARBARA LAMB, VIVIAN WILLIAMS: TWIN SISTERS
CD 316

Vivian Williams & Barbara Lamb - fiddles, Barney Munger - banjo, Phil Williams - mandolin, Dick Marvin - guitar, Lou Harrington - bass.

Leather Britches, Spotted Pony, Tennessee Wagoner, St. Paul Waltz, Mason's Apron, Hell Among the Yearlings, St. Anne's Reel, Twin Sisters, Gärdebylåten, Forked Deer, Cuckoo's Nest, Big Sandy River, Katy Hill-Sally Johnson, Annie Laurie, Fourth of July , Sugar in the Gourd, Dry Creek Reel, Florida Blues

Red hot twin fiddling at its best by two of the country's finest fiddlers. Recorded in 1974 - 75 live and digitally remastered from the original analog recording. Barbara is playing lead, and Vivian, harmony. At the time, Barbara had been Vivian's fiddle student, so they were able to coordinate the version of each tune for maximum punch with flawless harmony. Backed up by the prominent Northwest bluegrass band, Tall Timber.

Sound Clip: Forked Deer MP3 MP3(LoFi)

What the Reviewers Say Liner Notes How the Recording Was Made


DUDLEY HILL - GUITAR: FROM A NORTHERN FAMILY
CD 317

Dudley Hill - lead guitar, Benny Thomasson, Vivian Williams, Barbara Lamb, Frank Ferrel - fiddle, Jerry Thomasson - tenor guitar, Ellen Marx, Barney Munger - banjo, Mark Graham - harmonica, Jeff Thorn, Dick Marvin, Denny Hall - backup guitar, Phil Williams - mandolin, Lou Harrington - bass, Scott Smith - piano.

Leather Britches, Spotted Pony, Buffalo Gals, Off She Goes Jig, Fisher's Hornpipe, Weber's Drift, Bitter Creek, Panhandle Rag, Sally Ann, Whiskey Before Breakfast, St. Anne's Reel, Downfall of Paris, Marching Jaybird, Herman's Hornpipe, Cotton Patch Rag, South

When it was issued on Lp in the early 1970's this recording, one of the first to feature "hot" lead guitar picking on fiddle tunes, became an underground classic. Dudley recorded it with some of the notable musicians he was playing with at the time in the Pacific Northwest, showing his mastery of the various styles in which these musicians played. This was the period when Dudley was backing up Benny Thomasson at fiddle contests, and the selections with Benny and Jerry Thomasson are of particular interest.

Sound Clips: Spotted Pony MP3 MP3(LoFi); Weber's Drift MP3 MP3(LoFi); Cotton Patch Rag MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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LOUIS BOUDREAULT: OLD TIME FIDDLER OF CHICOUTIMI, QUEBEC
CD 322

Louis Boudreault - fiddle & feet

Celina Reel, La Grande Gigue Simple, Le Cardeuse et Le Grand Triomphe, 2 Reels de Joseph Allard, Reel des Petits Poissons Lac Kenogami, La Contre Danse, Reel du Pendu, Brandy Reel, Le Batteux, La Gallope du Lac St. Jean, Reel d'Odile, La Disputeuse, Le Reel a Neuf, La Reel a Philibert, La Jartiere

Quebec's master fiddler Louis Boudreault performs French Canadian fiddle tunes, unaccompanied except for his complex pattern of foot tapping. Mr. Boudreault was well known as a master of this demanding style of fiddling. One of the most stunning French Canadian fiddle recordings ever made. Produced by Mike Seeger & Alice Gerrard.

Sound Clip: Celina Reel MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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VIVIAN WILLIAMS: FIDDLER
CD 323

Vivian Williams - fiddle, Dick Marvin - guitar, Grant Lamb - piano, Barney Munger - banjo, Phil Williams - mandolin and bass, Lou Harrington - bass.

Fire on the Mountain, Rocky Mountain Goat, Country Waltz, Lee's March, Cluck Old Hen, Loggerman's, Little Burnt Potato, Brandon Waltz, Done Gone, Katy Hill, Shannon Waltz, Old Joe Clark, Fortune, Carroll County Blues, Red Fox Waltz, Sandy River Belle, Sunflower Schottische, Burnt River, Black Velvet Waltz, Martha Campbell, Clarinet Polka, Over the Waves, Kansas City Railroad Blues

A reissue of Vivian's well-received 1978 LP, with the addition of four more tunes, including two from live performances. This CD showcases the diverse fiddle styles she learned from by Pacific Northwest fiddlers and why she is regarded as one of the best dance, old time, and bluegrass fiddlers in the West. The backup ranges from full bluegrass band to Canadian style piano backup by one of Manitoba's champion fiddlers.

Sound Clips: Fire on the Mountain MP3 MP3(LoFi); Lee's March MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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MARC SAVOY WITH DEWEY BALFA AND D.L. MENARD:
MADE IN LOUISIANA - CAJUN ACCORDION MUSIC
CD 325

Marc Savoy - accordion, Dewey Balfa - fiddle, D. L. Menard - guitar

Eunice One-Step, Tolan Waltz, Old Crowley Two-Step, Chère Petite, Church Point Breakdown, La Branche du Mûrier, Perrodin Two-Step, La Valse À Macareau, Cajun Flop-Eared Mule, Viens Me Chercher, La Valse de Pont D'Amour, J'Suis Parti À Lafayette, Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés

In the 1970s, Marc Savoy, who had made several visits to the Pacific Northwest, decided it was time to make a recording featuring his incomparable Cajun accordion styling on accordions he made in his shop in Eunice, LA. We shipped studio recording equipment to Mr. Savoy, and this recording was made in his house on a Revox HS77 by John Watt. This is some of the best traditional Cajun dance music ever recorded, played in the traditional, acoustic, manner by three masters of this music.

Sound Clip: Perrodin Two-Step MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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KENNY HALL AND THE LONG HAUL STRING BAND
CD 328

Kenny Hall - fiddle and mandolin, Marta Hall, bodhran; John Greene, guitar; and Terry Barrett, mandolin and fiddle.

Prettiest Girl in the Country-O, Helena Polka, Guiness on a Saucer, Ladies Quadrille, What You Gonna Do With The Baby, Happy Heiney, Who Broke the Lock/Hen Cackle, Forty-nine Quadrille, Shortenin' Bread, Cottonwood Reel, Old Pal of Yesterday, Peter Piper, Rattlesnake Bit the Baby, Mexican Polka, The Three Jigs, The Gamblers

Kenny Hall is one of the finest performers of old time music in the United States. He is noted for his masterful mandolin playing, fine fiddling, incredible repertoire of songs and tunes, and his rich and unique sense of style. Mr. Hall lives in Fresno, CA, and has been a major influence on old time music in the West. Many of today's players of this style in the West first heard it from Kenny Hall. Kenny wanted a real "live" sound, so this was recorded in the Williams' dining room in Seattle, with all the furniture and carpets removed, by Dave Huber (Modern Recording Techniques), the way Kenny wanted it to sound!

Sound Clips: Rattlesnake Bit The Baby MP3 MP3(LoFi); The Three Jigs MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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MYLLIE BARRON: FIDDLER ON THE LOOSE
CD 331

Myllie Barron - fiddle, Vivian Williams - piano, Phil Williams - bass

Farewell to Erin, Vals Italiano, Buttermilk Mary Jig, Erie Hornpipe, Wood Lake Waltz, Angus Campbell, Myllie's Own Jig, Shannon Waltz, Bonnie Kate, Buckley's Reel, Tina's Schottische, Blanche's Reel, Orvetta Waltz, Village Hornpipe, Light & Airy Jig, Goodbye Sweetheart

Myllie Barron plays a blend of Scottish, Irish, French, and self-composed tunes that joyously takes you back to the pioneer days in Western Manitoba, where he was born and spent his youth. He performed in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at dances, shows, and on the radio in the 1930's. The old time fiddle sound created by this fine artist is dynamic and unique. He was the Manitoba Fiddle Champion in 1950, and the Senior Division Champion at the 1982 National Old time Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho - the first Canadian to win a division championship at this contest. In 2002, he performed a stunning entertainment set at this contest on his 92nd birthday! This recording was made in 1982, and originally released on a Voyager Lp long out of press. We are glad to have Myllie's fine fiddling available again on CD.

Sound Clips: Bonnie Kate MP3 MP3(LoFi) Orvetta Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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TALL TIMBER: ENCORE!!
CD 332

Vivian Williams - fiddle, vocal harmony; Barney Munger - banjo, vocals; Sue Thompson - guitar, vocals; Phil Williams - bass, mandolin, vocal; Neil Speer - drums

Sparkling Blue Eyes, Crossin' the Cumberlands, Jealous Hearted Me, Never Ending Song of Love, I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart, Medley: Mother's Reel/Mackilmoyle Reel/Big John McNeil, Backfire, Where the Old Red River Flows, Mississippi You're On My Mind, No Hard Times, Kansas City Railroad Blues

Finally, a CD release of the groundbreaking 1982 Lp from this highly regarded Seattle string band - beautifully recorded by Paul Speer, noted Northwest popular music performer and producer. Featuring bluegrass instrumentation and drums, Tall Timber treats you to an entertaining and creative leap into their diverse traditional music backgrounds. The result is a generous helping of outstanding performances of grassroots tunes and tempos you will find surprisingly contemporary. Here is an ultimately solid and satisfying listening experience, as fresh now as it was then. Enjoy.

Sound Clips: Where the Old Red River Flows MP3 MP3(LoFi) Kansas City Railroad Blues MP3 MP3(LoFi); Never Ending Song of Love MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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VIVIAN WILLIAMS, PAT SPAETH, PHIL WILLIAMS:
STARRY NIGHTS AND CANDLELIGHT
CD 333, CS 333

Vivian Williams - fiddle and piano, Pat Spaeth - accordion and piano, Phil Williams - guitar and mandolin

Lightning Hornpipe/Mary Clair, French Fries and Gravy/Union Street/Thingamajig, Brahms Polka, Starry Nights and Candlelight, Farewell to Whiskey/The Groundhog Saw His Shadow, Peacock Rag, Tour of Puget Sound, Fittro's Folly/Golden Rooster/Swinging on a Gate, Oyster Shucker's Jig/ Smash the Window/Maggie Brown's Favorite, Crystal Schottische, Tracie's Two-Step, Larry's Waltz

Vivian, Pat, and Phil have played for old time dancing - ballroom, pattern, folk, contra and square - most of their lives and are regarded as among the most experienced dance players in the region. This recording features a variety of danceable tunes, both traditional and recently composed. The tunes are played long enough for dancing.

"Straightforward, no tricks dance music, played with skill by folks possessing a wealth of knowledge and healthy respect for the tradition." (Victory Review).

Sound Clip: Starry Nights and Candlelight MP3 MP3(LoFi); Tour of Puget Sound MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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BOB SIMMONS: REMEMBERING
CD 334

Bob Simmons - fiddle, Zeke Wilson - mandolin, Tex Freeland - guitar, and Joe Yarborough - bass.

Ragtime Annie, Fiddler's Dream, Roxanne Waltz, Liberty, Dill Pickles Rag, Pride of the Ball, Leather Britches, Turkey in the Straw, Lone Star Rag, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Tennessee Wagoner, Back Up and Push, Over the Waves, Tom and Jerry, Panhandle Rag, Wednesday Night Waltz, Stone's Rag, Red Apple Rag, Orange Blossom Special

The late Bob Simmons' played fiddle professionally for 27 years. In the 1940's he played with Cousin Emmy's group, and played with Wade Ray, Little Jimmy Dickens, and T. Texas Tyler. In 1945 he joined the Renfro Valley barn dance as their principal fiddler and backed up all the singers, including the Coon Creek Girls. In 1950 he joined Clayton McMichen's Georgia Wildcats, and also played with Pee Wee King. He moved to Washington State in the 1950's and continued to perform at dances, bluegrass festivals, and old time music gatherings. Here he plays familiar fiddle tunes with verve and flair. He is backed up by the crew that usually played with him.

Sound Clip: Ragtime Annie MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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VIVIAN WILLIAMS, HARLEY BRAY, PHIL WILLIAMS: WINTER MOON
CD 336

Vivian Williams - fiddle, Harley Bray - banjo, Phil Williams - guitar

Sarah Brown, Dance All Night With a Bottle in Your Hand, Mountain Time, Winter Moon, Squire Creek, Jean LaTippe, Gobblers Knob, Oregon Trail, Mississippi Sawyer, Pleasures of Home, Ape Cave Blues, Sand Hill, Dance Around Molly, Redstone, Kiss Me Waltz , Chicken under the Washtub, Green Tomato Blues, Cluck Old Hen, Oso, Ryegrass, North Trunk Highway

Fourteen original and seven traditional fiddle tunes performed by three of the Northwest's top old time and bluegrass musicians. This production is lively, but mellow. "A masterpiece of progressive old-time music." (Sing Out!) Selected as one of "the very best recordings, to be found anywhere, of 1990" by the Sing Out! reviewer. Fourteen of the tunes were written by Vivian and are published in our Brand New Old Time Fiddle Tunes books.

Sound Clip: Oregon Trail MP3 MP3(LoFi); Winter Moon MP3 MP3(LoFi); Dance Around Molly MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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JIM HERD: OLD TIME OZARK FIDDLING
CD 340

Jim Herd - fiddle, Laura Smith - banjo, Vivian Williams - guitar, Phil Williams - bass

Little Rabbit Where's Your Mama, Tennessee Grey Eagle , Tennessee Wagoner, Smith's Waltz, Old Hat, Goldenrod Waltz, Green Leaf Rag, Monkey in the Dog Cart, Cumberland Gap, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Old German Waltz, Katy Hill, Chinese Breakdown, Eighth of January, Forked Deer, Katydid Waltz, Durang's, Gold Rush, Turkey Creek Breakdown, Zender Waltz, Marmaduke's, Chinky Pin, Hooker's Hornpipe, Give the Fiddler a Dram, Old Coon Dog

Jim Herd was born into a fiddling family in Missouri, and lived in Washington state for over 50 years. He passed away in December, 2002. He is a legendary fiddler still remembered by many fiddlers in Missouri who picked up tunes from him. His great grandfather, born in 1789, was a fiddler, and Jim's style and many of his tunes were handed down through four generations. Recorded live in the campground at the National Old time Fiddle Contest, Weiser, Idaho, in 1991. Laura's clawhammer banjo accompaniment helps drive the tunes..

Sound Clip: Tennessee Grey Eagle MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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JOE PANCERZEWSKI: LEGENDARY NORTHWEST FIDDLER
CD 341

Joe Pancerzewski - fiddle, Mary Calvert and Vivian Williams - piano, Harold Buis and Dick Marvin - guitar, Phil Williams - bass

Barbara's Waltz, St. Adele's Reel, Celina Le Blanc, Butterfly Waltz, Rippling Water Jig, Cabri Waltz, Pembrooke Reel, Danny Flannigan's Clog, Silver Wedding Waltz, Grandfather's Reel, Burgundy Waltz, Walking Plow, Dreamer's Waltz, Turkey in the Cottonwoods, Carrick Jig, Fairy Waltz, Tulsa, Westerner's Waltz, Red River Cart Polka, Johnny Nelson's Favorite, Blue Vale Waltz, St. John's Hoedown, Quilting Bee Jig, Contessa Waltz, Original Canadian Hoedown, Marion's Waltz, Twinkletoes Polka, Woodchopper's Reel, Desire Waltz, Alfie's Hornpipe, Yours and Mine Waltz, Globetrotter's Jig, Early in the Evening, Rye Valley Waltz, Hell Before Breakfast, Vivian's Waltz

The late Joe Pancerzewski is considered by many to have been the Northwest's greatest old time Canadian-style fiddler. He grew up on the family homestead near White Earth, North Dakota, and learned to play from his neighbors, the Nelson Brothers. By age 12 he was riding out on horseback with them to play dances in schoolhouses around the region. He became a professional dance fiddler in the 1920's, first in Saskatchewan and later in Bellingham, Washington. In 1927 he went to work for the railroad, and in 1939 became an engineer and put his fiddle away. When he retired in 1970, he returned to fiddling and became a top show performer and winner of many fiddle contests throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is one of the greatest waltz fiddlers we have ever known. The tunes on this CD were selected from three of Joe's LP's recorded between 1972 and 1980.

Sound Clip: Barbara's Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Fairy Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Early in the Evening MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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FIDDLING MISSOURI: HOWARD MARSHALL AND JOHN WILLIAMS
CD 344

Howard Marshall - fiddle , John Williams - fiddle, Arkansas Red - guitar, melodeon, & banjo

Evansville Missouri, Ragtime Annie, Stars and Stripes Waltz, Granny Will Your Dog Bite, Hooker's Hornpipe, Grey Eagle, Burt County Breakdown, Haste to the Wedding, Middle Grove, Fiddler's Hoedown, Thunderbolt Hornpipe, Wilson's Clog, Sugar in the Gourd, Tiehacker Hoedown, Soldier's Joy, Goodnight Waltz, Red Wing, Pretty Polly, Old Dubuque, Waltz of Erin, Hal Scott's Special, Fisher's Hornpipe/Coming Down from Denver, Talk to Dinah, Oak Ridge Stomp, Bonaparte's Retreat, Carroll County Blues, Flowers of Edinburgh, Art Galbraith's Peekaboo Waltz, Oklahoma Red Bird, Hell Amongst the Yearlings, Over the Waves, Happy Jack, Marmaduke's Hornpipe, Muddy Road to Moberly

Traditional tunes from the "Little Dixie" area, the mother lode of Missouri fiddling, played by master fiddlers from this region, Howard "Rusty" Marshall and John Williams. Some of the tunes are familiar to many fiddlers, though the style in which they are played may not be so familiar. Other tunes are unique to this region. All are played very well with traditional backup by Arkansas Red. Outstanding tunes! Outstanding playing!

Sound Clip: Granny Will Your Dog Bite MP3 MP3(LoFi); Tiehacker Hoedown MP3 MP3LoFi); Oak Ridge Stomp MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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BENNY THOMASSON: SAY OLD MAN CAN YOU PLAY THE FIDDLE
CD 345

Benny Thomasson - fiddle, Jerry Thomasson - tenor guitar, Dudley Hill - guitar, David Johns - guitar, and others

Bush in the Shucks, Fourteen Days in Georgia, Steeley's Rag, Garfield March, Polk County Breakdown, Cuckoo's Nest, Lost Indian, Old Apple Blossom, Red Apple Rag, Scolding Wife, Kanawha March, Sally Goodin, Billy in the Lowground, Dixie, Scotch No. 2, Laughing Boy, Darkie's Dream, Wild John, Rose Waltz, Ragtime Annie, Dusty Miller, Shucking the Bush, Tugboat, Tom & Jerry, Bonnie Kate, Mother's Reel, Midnight on the Water, Old Bell Cow, Herman's Rag, Irish Medley: Speed the Plough/Miss Monahan's/ Temperance Reel, Lime Rock, Say Old Man Can You Play The Fiddle

Great performances by the king of the Texas fiddle, recorded in the 1970's by Phil Williams in Voyager's facilities, at concerts, and at jam sessions. Benny plays a wide variety of tunes on this recording, including Irish reels and hornpipes, tunes in cross tuning, old time tunes learned from his father, as well as the "Texas" style tunes for which he is famous. The tunes for this CD were selected for performance quality and uniqueness by Pete Martin and Vivian Williams from many hours of recordings of Benny in the Voyager archives.

Sound Clip: Wild John MP3 MP3(LoFi); Old Bell Cow MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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JEFF ANDERSON FIDDLING IN THE FAMILY TRADITION
CD 346

Jeff Anderson - fiddle; Stuart Williams - guitar; Ruby Anderson -dobro; Sandy Bradley - piano; Nancy Katz - bass; Phil Williams - mandolin and tenor banjo

Peter Kiefer's Vals, Wake Up Susan, Clarence Raymo's Waltz, Murray River Jig, The Little Norwegian Boy's Fiddle Vals, Fiddlers to the Fore, From Frisco to Cape Cod, Reinlendar Etter Ringnessen, Olaf Hanson's Vals, Old French Reel, Per the Blacksmith's Vals, Miss McLeod's Reel, Midsommer Vals, Sailor's Hornpipe, Mini Vals Fra Norge, Gärdebylåten, Solvik's Minnen, Petronella, Skunk Lake Waltz, The Iron Man, Saturday Waltz, Little Burnt Potato, Styrman's Vals, The Lindbergh Waltz

Fine fiddling in unique Norwegian-American and Celtic styles. Jeff Anderson is from Waterville, Washington, and has been playing for shows and dances for over thirty years. Both of his grandfathers were Norwegian style fiddlers from North Dakota, and he is carrying on the musical traditions of his family. One of the smoothest players anywhere!

Sound Clip: Solvik's Minnen MP3 MP3(LoFi); The Lindbergh Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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VIVIAN AND PHIL WILLIAMS: LIVE!
CD 347

Vivian Williams - fiddle, guitar, vocals; Phil Williams - guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals

Ragtime Annie, Splice the Mainbrace/Fittro's Folly, Phil's Blues, Sally Put A Bug on Me, Jealous Hearted Me, Ferry Bridge Hornpipe, Starry Nights & Candlelight, Back Roads of Time, Mason's Apron, Corina, Iron Springs, Stone's Rag, Texas Quickstep, Green Tomato Blues, Smash the Window, Cripple Creek, Up Jumped the Devil, Shannon Waltz, Hard Luck Blues, Fiddle Fingers Schottische, Yellow Barber, Early Rising, Lightning Hornpipe/Earl Mitton's Breakdown

These tunes were recorded at three concerts - a concert at the Malo Grange north of Republic, WA; one at the Echo Valley Ski Lodge up the hill from Chelan, WA; and three tunes from the Fiddler's Inn, Seattle. Phil and Vivian Williams have been playing dances and shows throughout the West for over 50 years. This CD features fiddle tunes, mandolin tunes, songs, and even an old time fretless banjo tune, representative of traditional music found in the Pacific Northwest.

Sound Clips: Jealous Hearted Me MP3 MP3(LoFi); Back Roads of Time MP3 MP3(LoFi); Up Jumped the Devil MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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THE FOSSILS: THE FOSSIL RECORD
CD 348

Barry Brower - guitar, vocals; Belle Chenault - bass, vocals; Bill Scott - banjo, guitar, vocals; Doug Bright - mandolin, fiddle, vocals; with Vivian Williams, harmony fiddle

Dreaming, Bye Bye Love, I'm Lost in the World Without You, Going Down, The Bells of St. Mary's, Sweethearts in Heaven, Winter Blues, I'll take a Chance (on Lovin' You), My Carolina Darlin', Roses in the Snow, Hickory Hollow, Lamplighting Time in the Valley, Time Nor Tide, Country Boy Rock n' Roll, Gone Home, Can the Circle be Unbroken?

Northwest bluegrass in the old tradition! A straight ahead, rock solid, good feeling CD by a great band. Doug Bright with great fiddle, mandolin and vocals. Barry Brower, the "golden voice of the Northwest." Belle Chenault, the "Alabama Songbird." Bill Scott and his innovative, "Reno" style banjo and guitar picking. Vivian Williams sitting in on a few with fiddle harmony. No rough roads - just good bluegrass!

Sound Clip: I'll Take a Chance (on Lovin' You) MP3 MP3(LoFi); My Carolina Darlin' MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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LEE STRIPLING: HOGS PICKING UP ACORNS
CD 349

Lee Stripling - fiddle & vocals, W. B. Reid - guitar & vocals, Tony Mates - Bass, Kerry Blech - Mandolin, Glenn Dudley - Plectrum Banjo

Rye Straw, Wang Wang Blues, Hogs Picking Up Acorns/Mayflower, I Told Them All About You, Big Four, Limehouse Blues, That's How Much I Love You, Whiskers, Black Eyed Susie, The Wednesday Night Waltz, Clarinet Polka, Washington & Lee Swing/Twinkle Twinkle, Possum Hollow, Flaming Mamie, Somebody Else is Taking My Place, Horseshoe Bend, Soldier's Joy/Raggedy Ann/Chicken Reel, Leather Britches, Lost John, Old Fashioned Love, 40 Years Ago Waltz, Who's Sorry Now, I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Pallet On The Floor, California Blues, Devil's Dream, Down On The L & N, Ain't Misbehaving, Heel Fly, Get Off Your Money, Wolves A-Howling, The Waltz You Saved For Me

Lee Stripling grew up in a musical family in Kennedy, Alabama. His dad and uncle, Charlie & Ira, recorded in the '20s and '30s as The Stripling Brothers. Lee's repertoire ranges from his dad's tunes to western swing music and sweet pop songs of the Depression and Wartime years, to tunes learned recently from younger fiddlers. Sweet fiddling, sweet songs.

Sound Clips: Wang Wang Blues MP3 MP3(LoFi); That's How Much I Love You MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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PHIL & VIVIAN WILLIAMS: DANCE MUSIC OF THE OREGON TRAIL
CD 350

Vivian Williams - fiddle; Phil Williams - guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion

Old Joe Clark, Arkansas Traveler, Buffalo Gals/Oh Susanna, Fishers Hornpipe, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Garryowen/Irish Washerwoman/Pop Goes the Weasel, Richmond Polka, Girl I Left Behind Me, Sourwood Mountain, Buy a Broom, Mississippi Sawyer, Skip to my Lou/Old Dan Tucker, Money Musk, My Love is but a Lassie, Home Sweet Home, Detroit Schottische, Turkey in the Straw

At the end of a long day on the Oregon Trail, the pioneers often played musical instruments, sang, and danced on the prairie beside the covered wagons. Here are some of the tunes mentioned in their diaries, as well as other popular dance tunes of the era, played in old time style on fiddle, guitar, banjo and accordion. Phil and Vivian Williams grew up near the end of the Trail, have known tunes and dances of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer heritage since childhood, and are founding members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, which was formed to perpetuate the pioneer music of the region. The liner notes discuss the history of these tunes.

Sound Clips: Old Joe Clark MP3 MP3(LoFi); Home, Sweet Home MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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WALTZES: VIVIAN WILLIAMS
CD 351

Vivian Williams - fiddle; Phil Williams - guitar, bass

Sir John MacDonald's Waltz, Silver Wedding, Whistler's Waltz, Saturday Waltz, Stonetown Waltz, Emma, Keepsake Waltz, Rebecca's, Fairweather Waltz, Fairy Waltz, A & E Waltz, Good Neighbor Waltz, Dry River Waltz, Swedish Wedding Waltz, A Beautiful Night, Anniversary Song

Vivian Williams has been playing for dances for over forty years, and is well-known for her beautiful waltz playing. This CD contains sixteen of her favorite waltzes: Scandinavian, Canadian, traditional Pacific Northwest, and four of Vivian's original compositions. Accompanied by Phil Williams on guitar and bass. A very enjoyable recording for dancing or relaxing listening.

Sound Clips: Sir John MacDonald's Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Emma MP3 MP3(LoFi); Fairweather Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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SALMONBERRY: NEW ENGLAND CONTRA DANCE MUSIC
CD 352

Derek Booth - English concertina, melodeon; Liz Dreisbach - clarinet, sax, recorder, whistle; Phil Katz - melodeons; Arne Reinert - flute; Erin Shrader - fiddle; Pat Spaeth - piano.

Quindaro/St. Joseph's Reel; Old Joe's Jig/Kesh Jig; Round the Horn/Jackie Tar/Goodnight and Joy Be With You; Upton-on-Severn/Tripping Up Stairs; Bouchard's Hornpipe/Eggnog Reel; My Birthday Waltz; Bus Stop/Lady Anne Montgomery; The Sweets of May/Devlin's Jig/Seven Stars; Far From Home/Miss Thompson's Hornpipe/Owen's Reel; Belknap's March/Jimmy Garson's/Louise's Parlor; Dirty Newfoundlander/Cooley's Reel/Mate's Reel; Waltz: Ye Banks and Braes

Great contra dance music! From December 1980 through February 1994, Salmonberry produced and played for a contra dance on the second Saturday of every month in Seattle, Washington. The style of playing was inspired by several New Hampshire and Vermont musicians and bands, by the transplanted contra dance music evolved in the San Francisco Bay area, by several English regional traditions, and by the adaptation of Irish styles to contra dance playing. This CD was recorded live at the May 11, 1991 dance

Sound Clips: Bus Stop MP3 MP3(LoFi); The Sweets of May MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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LEROY CANADAY: OLD DAN TUCKER WAS A FINE OLD MAN
CD 353

Leroy Canaday - fiddle; Norman Canaday - guitar; Howard Marshall - banjo, fiddle; Forrest Rose - bass

Leather Britches, Old Dan Tucker, Black Mountain Rag, Betty's Waltz, Grey Eagle, Ozark Mountain Waltz, Whistling Rufus, Amazing Grace/Old Rugged Cross/What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Arkansas Traveler, Cook's Waltz, Sally Gooden, Ragtime Annie, Fishers Hornpipe, Old Hen Cackle, Devil's Dream, Listen to the Mocking Bird, Dragging the Bow, Red Fox Waltz, Rachel, Wednesday Night Waltz, Old Time 8th of January, Buffalo Gals, Black Foot Waltz, Cowboy Waltz, San Antonio Rose, Morning Glory Waltz, Fire on the Mountain, Make Me a Pallet, Orange Blossom Special, No Place Like Home

Leroy Canaday is a traditional Missouri "Little Dixie" style fiddler whose experience totals some 60 years of playing for dances, fiddlers' contests, festivals, school programs, oprys, radio, and other venues. He was Missouri fiddle champion in 1961, and his specialty is red hot versions of the famous old exhibition tunes. Mr. Canaday is accompanied by some of the "Little Dixie" region's best backup musicians on this production. This is hot, traditional Missouri fiddling by a master fiddler in this style, recorded live. There are extensive liner notes by Howard "Rusty" Marshall. Leroy Canaday is the complete Missouri fiddler.

Sound Clips: Betty's Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Arkansas Traveler MP3 MP3(LoFi); Old Hen Cackle MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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HART & BLECH: BUILD ME A BOAT
CD 354

Allen Hart - banjo; Kerry Blech - fiddle; Sheila Blech - guitar

The Po' Little Thing Cried Mammy; Papa Build Me A Boat; Old Corn Liquor; Walkin' in the Parlor; Marching Through Georgia; Lady of the Lake; Carolina Rattlesnake; Old Mother Logo; Coal Creek March; Blue Eyed Gal; Do, Little Bobbie, Do; Cleveland Marching to the White House; John Cole; Old Billie Wilson; Dock's Own Blues; Sweet 'Bamma; Defellum Blues; Sheep and Cows Walking Through the Pasture; Wild Bill Jones; Black Annie; The Downfall of Richmond; On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand; Newport Breakdown; Indian Shot the Woodchuck; Wimbush Rag; The Wilds of Idaho; Train 45; Louise Marie Waltz

Great oldtime string band music from one of the Northwest's oldest and best string bands. Hart & Blech have been playing together since 1984. Toe tapping tunes and sweet ballads well performed to keep your toes tapping and a smile on your face! The liner notes are extensive and show the depth of knowledge and experience these musicians have with this great American musical tradition.

Sound Clips: Papa Build Me a Boat MP3 MP3(LoFi); Walkin' in the Parlor MP3 MP3(LoFi); Indian Shot the Woodchuck MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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EAT N' RUN: DRIVING ME CRAZY
CD 355

Howie Meltzer - fiddle, Lori Meltzer - banjo, Jack Link - guitar, Rod Backman - bass

Cumberland Gap, Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase, Bob's Farewell/Red Rocking Chair, Buck Mountain/Shoo Fly, Polecat Blues, Old Christmas, Georgia Horseshoe, Kiowa Special, Hell Amongst the Yearlings, Johnson Gals, Moses Hoe Your Corn, Ways of the World, Laughing Rag, Mad River, John Henry, New Market, Sandy Boys, Big Scioty

Hard-driving, Southern style string band music. Howie is a great breakdown fiddler with lots of dance experience. Lori plays great clawhammer style banjo, using both fretted and fretless banjos on this production. Jack and Rod provide the solid and innovative backup that keeps your feet tapping! This award winning band from Western Washington plays some of the best of this kind of music you'll every hear anywhere.

Sound Clips: Cumberland Gap MP3, MP3(LoFi); Hell Amongst the Yearlings MP3, MP3(LoFi); Big Scioty MP3, MP3(LoFi)

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GIL KIESECKER: DANCE FIDDLER FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
CD 356

Gil Kiesecker - fiddle, Jean Levold - piano, Stuart Williams - guitar, Phil Williams - banjo, bass, and guitar

Durang's Hornpipe, Dixie Darling, Rachel, Finnish Waltz, St. Anne's Reel, Red Apple Rag, Gil's Schottische, Tennessee Wagoner, Clearwater Stomp, Fisher's Hornpipe, Twilight Waltz, Jack of Diamonds, Florida Blues, St. Adele's Reel, Red Carpet Waltz, Bill Cheatum, Plaza Polka, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Alabama Waltz, Whalen's Breakdown, Peacock Rag, Blue Mountain Waltz, Tulsa Hop, Ragtime Annie

Gil Kiesecker was born in 1916 and raised in Anatone, Washington, in the ranching and wheat farming country of the Blue Mountains. By the time he was 9 years old he played the fiddle and performed at local dances. At age 14 he would ride on horseback 25 miles across the Grande Ronde River in Oregon to play dances from dark to daylight. His fiddling represents a truly Pacific Northwest style. Gil is a dance fiddler's dance fiddler. Whether he's punching out a jig or a hoedown for square dancing, a stomp, waltz, schottische or a polka, there's no mistaking that this fiddler means business, and that business is dance music.

Sound Clips: Durang's Hornpipe MP3 MP3(LoFi); Clearwater Stomp MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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BILLY LEE: UP JUMPED THE DEVIL
CD 357

Billy Lee - fiddle, Phil Peters - guitar, Vera Blum - bass, Howard Marshall - banjo

Hollow Poplar, I'll Always Be in Love with You, Up Jumped the Devil, The Butterfly Waltz, Lady of the Lake, After the Ball, Walking in My Sleep, Missouri Waltz, Put Your Little Foot, Red Apple Rag, Du Bist Verrückt Mein Kind, Goodnight Waltz, Carroll County Blues, Lisa Lynn Waltz, Du, Du, Leigst Mir Im Herzen, Peacock Rag, Katy Hill, Fiddler's Dream, Johnson's Old Grey Mule, Peekaboo Waltz, The Old Spinning Wheel, In the Garden, Fire on the Mountain, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, Florida Blues, Over the Waves, Sugar Tree Stomp, Lonesome Indian, Lauterbach Waltz

Billy Lee is a legend in Missouri fiddling, both as a dance fiddler and entertainer. His family has been in America since 1680, and in Missouri since 1841. His fiddling reflects the German and English traditions of his family. Billy Lee came from a fiddling family and he has been playing since childhood. He plays the old hoedowns for square dancing, the show tunes from the old Grand Ole Opry days, and plays good bluegrass fiddle. He is well known for his fine entertainment in the dance halls and jam sessions in eastern Missouri. John Hartford credited Billy Lee as being one of his main inspirations to take up the fiddle. Recorded live in Mr. Lee's living room with full band backup on guitar, banjo, and bass, it's "toe tappin' good!"

Sound Clips: Up Jumped the Devil MP3 MP3(LoFi); Du Bist Verruckt Mein Kind MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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FIDDLE TUNES OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK ERA
CD 358

Vivian Williams - fiddle, Howard Marshall - fiddle, banjo; John Williams - percussion, Phil Williams - guitar, mandolin

A Project in Celebration of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial! There were two fiddlers on the Lewis and Clark expedition as they explored and mapped the route between St. Louis and the mouth of the Columbia River in 1804-6. The fiddling and dancing helped to maintain the morale of the men and to establish good relations with the Indians. This CD presents popular airs & dance tunes which were probably known by them, played on fiddles, banjo, guitar, harpsichord, and percussion by noted Missouri fiddler and historian, Dr. Howard Marshall (fiddle, fretless and fretted banjo); champion Northwest fiddler and historian, Vivian Williams (fiddle, harpsichord); champion Missouri fiddler John Williams (fiddle, percussion); and noted Northwest traditional musician, Phil Williams (guitar, mandolin). Many of the selections feature just two fiddles, with one fiddle backing up the other, and simple percussion. Recorded live in stereo to preserve the natural acoustic sounds of the instruments. Included is an informative booklet with histories of tunes and information about music on the expedition.

Yankee Doodle, Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms, En Passant par la Lorraine/Aupres de ma Blonde/Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre, Miss McLeod's Reel, The Country Courtship/Jefferson and Liberty, Durang's Hornpipe, Road to Boston, Rye Whiskey, New Rigged Ship, My Love is but a Lassie, College Hornpipe, Rakes of Mallow, Haste to the Wedding, Devils Dream, Old Molly Hare, Life Let Us Cherish, MacDonald's Reel/Leather Breeches, Sir Roger de Coverley, Ricketts Hornpipe, Columbus Cotillion, Molly Put the Kettle On, Pop Goes the Weasel, Soldiers Joy, The White Cockade

Sound Clips: Yankee Doodle MP3 MP3(LoFi); Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms MP3 MP3(LoFi); New Rigged Ship MP3 MP3(LoFi); Old Molly Hare MP3 MP3(LoFi); Soldiers Joy MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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WILLIAMS & BRAY : BLUEGRASS HOEDOWN
CD 359

Vivian Williams - fiddle, Harley Bray - banjo, Phil Williams - mandolin & bass, Shera Bray - guitar

Dance All Night With a Bottle In Your Hand, Glise de Sherbrooke, Old Joe Clark, Chinese Breakdown, Jenny Lind Polka, Tennessee Grey Eagle, Sugar in the Gourd, Sam and Elzie, Beethoven's Favorite Waltz, Cheat or Swing, Redwing, Cock of the North, Leather Britches, Arkansas Traveler, Golden Slippers, Chinky Pin, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, Turkey in the Straw

This is a CD for good old time square dancing, with a couple of waltzes, a jig, and a polka thrown in, just as at a typical Western old time country dance. The fourteen hoedowns are played long enough for most callers. While Williams & Bray have been playing together as a band only since 1985, its members have over forty years experience playing bluegrass and old time dance music. Vivian Williams is one of the West's best known dance fiddlers with many national, international, and regional fiddle championships as well. Her husband, Phil Williams, has been doing these dances ever since he was a small child. While he plays almost anything with strings on it at a dance, here he sticks to mandolin and bass. Harley Bray played banjo in the mid 1950's and early 1960's with The Bray Brothers & Red Cravens, also known as The Bluegrass Gentlemen. Two of the recordings made by this band are still in press as CDs, and still influence present day bluegrassers. He is one of the true masters of bluegrass style banjo. On this recording Harley's wife, Shera Bray, sticks to guitar, but in real life she also plays mandolin and fiddle, and even calls dances! A lot of the tunes on this CD are a part of America's old time dance music heritage. A few are relatively unknown. All of them are played by Williams & Bray at country dances in the Pacific Northwest. So, get on your dancing shoes and let's all have a good old fashioned hoedown!

Sound Clips: Sam and Elzie MP3 MP3(LoFi); Beethoven's Favorite Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Leather Britches MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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GIL KIESECKER: BLUE MOUNTAIN MEMORIES
CD 360

Gil Kiesecker - fiddle, Jean Levold - piano, Stuart Williams - guitar, Bernie Keller - guitar, Phil Williams - bass & guitar

Devil's Dream, Sacramento Mountain Rag, Ozark Moon, Hell Among the Yearlings, Spanish Two-Step, Soldiers Joy, Dill Pickle Rag, Haste to the Wedding, Pride of the Ball, Billy in the Lowground, Red River Cart Polka, Rose of Sharon, Mississippi Sawyer, I Only Want a Buddy, Old Man & Old Woman, West Coast Waltz, Johnny Green's Cake Walk, Woodchopper's Reel, Silver Wedding Waltz, Green Stockings Jig, Rose of My Heart, Ricketts Hornpipe, Ingram's Two-Step, Spin the Gravy.

Gil Kiesecker was born in 1916 at Anatone, in the far Southeast corner of Washington State, on a spur of the Blue Mountains. He grew up on a wheat farm, and at an early age was working in the fields, tending cattle and wrangling horses. His dad was a fiddler, and by the time he was in high school he was playing fiddle, guitar and Hawaiian guitar for dances in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. After he retired from the grocery business in Seattle, he joined the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, revived many of his old tunes and picked up some new ones from other fiddlers. This is a great selection of tunes, some familiar and some not so well known, by one of the most authentic old time dance fiddlers we have met.

Sound Clips: Mississippi Sawyer MP3 MP3(LoFi); I Only Want a Buddy MP3 MP3(LoFi); Green Stockings Jig MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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FLOYD ENGSTROM: KITSAP COUNTY FIDDLER
CD 361

Floyd Engstrom - fiddle, Jammer Lawson - guitar, Teal Lawson - guitar, Verl Lawson - bass, Ceil Lawson - piano, Bob Olson - banjo

Monona County, Dry and Dusty, Mexican Waltz, South Missouri, Lumberjack Special, Echos of the Ozarks, Spanish Two Step, Walking in My Sleep, Paris Waltz, Road to Columbus, He Touched Me, Lost Indian, Silver Lake Blues, Twilight Waltz, Cricket on the Hearth, Weeping Heart, Nervous Breakdown, High Country, Mississippi Waltz, Little Bitty Acorn in a Great Big Tree, Still on the Hill, Tulsa Waltz, When They Ring the Golden Bells, Crapshooters Rag, Dusty’s Hornpipe, Death Valley Waltz, Buckshot, Smith’s Rag, Hollow Poplar

Floyd and his band play good old time fiddle tunes and songs as they were meant to be played for dancing and listening. Floyd was born in Western Washington in 1918, and has played fiddle dance bands since the 1930’s, and in his church. Get set for some of the sweetest fiddling you’ll ever hear. He plays in the typical Pacific Northwest dance fiddler style, with a very experienced band with whom he has been playing for many years. Floyd and his band have been mainstays at old time fiddle shows in the Puget Sound area in recent years. It has been a pleasure for us to record and release this recording of Floyd and his band. This type of fiddling, which used to be found at dance halls all over the Pacific Northwest, sadly is vanishing along with old time country dances and the dance halls.

Sound Clips: Monona County MP3 MP3(LoFi); When They Ring the Golden Bells MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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CARTHY SISCO : RUGGED ROAD
CD 362

Carthy Sisco - fiddle, Jeanie Murphy, banjo - banjo, Jim Ketterman - guitar

Acorn Hill Breakdown, Cowhide Boots, Soapsuds, Barley Corn, Dubuque, Blue Ridge Breakdown, Texas Quickstep, Little Nancy Rowland, Old Grey Mare, Kiss Me Waltz, Chickens Under the Back Porch, Walking in My Sleep, Rachel, Cumberland Gap, Peter Went A-Fishing, Sally Ann, Chuckaluck, F & D, Whitehorse Breakdown, Barbara Allen, Brandywine, New Five Cents, Coker Creek, Pike's Peak, New Broom, Birdie, Rugged Road, What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Carthy was born in 1921 in the northwest corner of Arkansas and moved to Washington State before World War II. As a small child he fell asleep listening to the sound of his father's banjo and a neighbor's fiddling at local square dances. He started playing a "cornstalk fiddle," and at age seven started playing the banjo, learning fiddle tunes from his father. A few years later he picked up the fiddle and started playing for the local square dances. Carthy plays in a generally Southern style, with a lovely sense of melody, phrasing, and bowing. He picked up other tunes from fiddlers in the Pacific Northwest, and has been a regular performer at fiddle shows, campouts, and jam sessions in the Northwest for many years. He is accompanied here by the wonderful old time banjo playing of Jeanie Murphy, and the steady guitar of Jim Ketterman, with who he has performed for many years. Carthy's music has been enjoyed by many listeners in the Pacific Northwest, and he has inspired many young fiddlers who have learned tunes from him. The liner notes give a fairly extensive background on Carthy.

Sound Clips: Little Nancy Rowland MP3 MP3(LoFi); New Five Cents MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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GARY LEE MOORE: UNCLE PIG
CD 363

Gary Lee Moore - fiddle, Pete Martin - guitar, Rich Levine - guitar, Lee Roy Jackson - tenor guitar, Chester Butterworth - tenor banjo

Uncle Pig, 49 Cats in a Rain Barrel, Birdy, Shortenin' Bread, Everybody to the Puncheon, Rat Cheeze, Bill Cheatum, Steeley's Rag, New Broom, Rose of My Heart, The Little Forked Deer, Kill 'Em, Fort Smith, Acorn Hill Breakdown, Rose of Sharon, Luther Lively, Hell Among the Yearlin's, Redskin Rag, Whoa Mule, Can't Get the Damn Saddle On, George Booker, Paddy Won't Ya Drink Some Good Old Cider, Too Old to Dream, Soppin' the Gravy, Honey Boy, Jenny on the Railroad, The Old Grey Mare Come a 'Chargin' Out the Wilderness, 14 Days in Georgia

Great Oklahoma/Texas style fiddling from a true master! Gary Lee came from a fiddling family in Oklahoma. Among his heroes were Orville Burns, Benny Thomasson, and Clark Kessinger, and their influence shows in the liveliness, humor, and expressiveness of his fiddling. Gary Lee is a fiddle legend in the West!

Sound Clips: Uncle Pig MP3 MP3(LoFi); Rose of My Heart MP3 MP3(LoFi); Redskin Rag MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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JEFF ANDERSON, JANE JOHNSON: NORDIC SPIRIT
CD 364

Jeff Anderson - fiddle & Hardanger fiddle, Jane Johnson - accordion, Karen Goettling, flute, John Rodius, guitar, Rand Simmons - bass, Laurie Walton, second fiddle, Jim Erlandson - guitar, Kathy Erlandson, second fiddle

Sølvbryllupsvalsen, Syvers Mazurka, Böl Olle-låten, Kalle Almlöf Snoa, Säbb Anders Vals, Druttjinkeils-leitjen Tune, No Name Schottis, 17th of Mai Polsen, Kyrklåt (Church tune), Storviksætra Waltz, Styggen på Låven Reinlender, Tankfulla låten, Vals from Valberg, A Finnish Polka, Pols, Mai Waltz, Kleivalanden Pariser Polka, Granåsen Hambopolska, Mummun Peli Schottis, Drevsjø Valsen, Lofotingen Reinlender, Wiggen Polka

Scandinavian dance music played by Jeff Anderson and his wife; Jane Johnson, with the Nordic Exposure Band and other musicians with whom they perform and play dances. Both of Jeff's grandparents were old time fiddlers of Norwegian heritage from North Dakota, and he plays in a uniquely sweet, smooth, and danceable style. Jane Johnson has been playing dances in the Puget Sound area for many years. They both can be found with their bands at many Scandinavian dances in the Pacific Northwest.

Sound Clips: A Finnish Polka MP3 MP3(LoFi); Pols MP3 MP3(LoFi); Drevsjø Valsen MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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MYLIE BARRON: RIDING ON A HANDCAR
CD 365

Myllie Barron - fiddle, Vivian Williams - piano, Phil Williams - guitar, Ray Barron - bass & accordion

Riding on a Handcar, Great Eastern, Castle in the Air, Here and There, High Life Waltz, Victory Reel, Dusty Bob, Pigeon on a Gate, Rough Diamond Jig, Scandinavian Waltz, Humors of Boston, Laird of Drumblair/Peter Street, Belfast Jig/Boys of the Town, Red River Jig, Lisa Linn, My Brother's Letter, Minstrel Clog, Golden Eagle Hornpipe, Teardrop Waltz, Gaspe Reel, The Praties and Dug and the Frost is All Over, Sally Gardens, Canadian Blue Rock Polka, Devil's Dream/Money Musk/Miller's Reel, Sterling Castle, St. Patrick's Jig Medley, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Citadel Waltz

Lively Canadian-Irish-Scottish fiddling from this great Manitoba-born fiddler, recorded when he was 92 years young. Mollie was the 1950 Manitoba fiddle champion, and in 1982 won the Senior Championship at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest in Wiser, ID. He learned his tunes from fiddlers on the Canadian prairie and picked up a lot of tunes from well-known collections, such as Cole's 1000 Fiddle Tunes. He gives the tunes a personal touch that could never be depicted in a tune book! He is one of the best fiddlers we have ever met and we are delighted to release our second CD of his outstanding playing and great choice of tunes.

Sound Clips: Great Eastern MP3 MP3(LoFi); Red River Jig MP3 MP3(LoFi); Sterling Castle MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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PETE McMAHAN: 50 OLD-TIME FIDDLE GEMS
CD 366 (2CD Set)

Pete McMahan - fiddle, Fred Stoneking - guitar, Joe Stevens - guitar, Jack Deck - banjo, Charlie Brattin - guitar, Pete Brattin - bass

Grey Eagle, Leather Britches, Waltz of Shannon, Sarah's Reel, Tom & Jerry, Clark's Waltz, Katy Hill, Sally Goodin, Cook Waltz, Tennessee Rag, Dance Around Molly, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, Bill Cheatum, Rachel, Forked Deer, Last Waltz, Lightning Hornpipe, Fiddler's Dream, Gold Rush, Woodchopper's Breakdown, Flowers from Heaven, Reuben's Ridge, Fiddler's Hoedown, Adrian's Reel, Echoes of the Ozarks, Sugar in the Gourd, Over the Waves, Morris Hornpipe, Fiddler's Shuffle, Bitter Creek, Martin's Waltz, Jack of Diamonds, Sally Johnson, "A" Waltz, Kansas City Rag, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Bradley's Hoedown, Fiddler's Waltz, Talk to Dinah, Eighth of January, Salt River, Missouri Waltz, Pretty Polly, Angus Campbell, Soldier's Joy, Ragtime Annie, Virginia Darling, Capri Waltz, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Walking in my Sleep

This 2-CD set is a reissue of the four Lp recordings made in the 1970's by legendary Missouri fiddler Pete McMahan. Mr. McMahan, from Harrisburg, Missouri, was born in 1918 and died in 2000. He developed a personal fiddle style that firmly echoes the Missouri fiddle tradition, and became a role model and teacher, both formally and informally, for a generation of young fiddlers. His fiddling influenced, and continues to influence, fiddlers from Missouri to the Pacific Northwest as well as elsewhere. He played in a clean style, paying close attention to the demands of the tune for phrasing and styling, and applied his own sense of styling to develop many well known, as well as obscure, fiddle tunes into examples of the best of the art of fiddling. While Pete did enter and win many fiddle contest, he is not a "contest" style fiddler, but rather one whose fiddling and interpretation of the tunes is so good that he was admired and respected by fiddlers from other traditions. Packaged in a standard thickness CD jewel box holding two CDs, with a twenty page booklet about Mr. McMahan's fiddling career and many photos, and a discography and listing of articles about him on the inside of the tray card. This set of two CDs is $25.00, postpaid in the U.S.

Sound Clips: Bill Cheatum MP3 MP3(LoFi); Lightning Hornpipe MP3 MP3(LoFi); Fiddler's Hoedown MP3 MP3(LoFi); "A" Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Pretty Polly MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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TENINO OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL:
1970 - 1978 FIDDLE TUNES and OTHER INSTRUMENTALS
CD367

Various artists and performing groups, including: Joe Pancerzewski, Barbara Lamb, Vivian Williams, Don Gish, Al Sanderson, Clarence Norberg, Ray Wright, Loyd Wanzer, Grant Lamb, Chuck Griffin, Neil Johnston, Paul Anastasio, Jim Cavert, Hank Bradley, Benny Thomasson James Mason - fiddle; Ed Morken, Monte Berg - accordion; Bill Yohey - mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo; Ed Stocker, Ryan Bell, The Harmonicops- harmonica; Thelma McKibben - piano; Dudley Hill, Mark O'Connor - guitar; Sims Family - gospel; The Foresters (banjo, guitar, bass, piano, accordion; Tall Timber - bluegrass, and many backup musician.

Dry Creek Reel, Daffodil Waltz, Holland Polka, Scandinavian Round Waltz, Listen to the Mocking Bird, Sugar Tree Stomp, New River Train, German Hop Waltz, Banks of the Ohio, Yakima Waltz, Naomi's Jig, Scandinavian Waltz, Draggin' the Bow, Waltz of the Roses, Meeting in the Air, Blue Skirt Waltz, Sweet Sue, Springtime in the Rockies, John Brown's Dream, Anytime, Sally Ann, Anniversary Song, Herrington's Reel, Harmonica Blues, Minnesota Waltz, 12th Street Rag, Leather Britches, Scandinavian Waltz, Sugar in the Gourd, Tango of Roses, Kansas City Kitty, Carolina in the Morning, Cattle Call Waltz, You Gotta See Your Mama Every Night, Evergreen Stomp

The Tenino Old Time Music Festival has been held in Tenino, Washington, every March since its founding in 1970 by high school teacher and fiddler Neil Johnston. It is sponsored by the Tenino Lions Club. They bring in musicians largely from Southwest Washington who perform in their local community halls, schools, churches, and their own living rooms. All performers contribute their performance and the proceeds from the Festival (which fills up the high school gym) go to civic improvement projects in Tenino. The Lions present a broad range of performers - fiddlers, gospel groups, bluegrass, banjo bands, harmonica players, local dance bands, etc. - the home grown, community music of the region. From 1970 through 1978 the Festival performances were recorded by us and others. We issued three Lps from these recordings in the 1970s. This CD features a wide selection of instrumental performances from the original master tapes from these early years of the Festival. This is real "grassroots" traditional music from the Pacific Northwest, performed by well known master musicians like Benny Thomasson, Mark O'Connor, Vivian Williams, Barbara Lamb, Loyd Wanzer, Al Sanderson, etc., as well as great musicians only known locally. It presents a slice of true Americana seldom heard on recordings today.

Sound Clips: Scandinavian Round Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi); Listen to the Mockingbird MP3 MP3(LoFi); 12th Street Rag MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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ALLEN HART: OLD TIME BANJO
CD368

Allen Hart, banjos; Clif Ervin, bones (on four selections)

Davenport, Marching Through Georgia, Chilly Winds, The Coo Coo Bird, Will Davenport's Tune, "...Now Folks, I'm Going to Give You The Genteel," Tilden, Cleveland's March to the White House, Peach Bottom Creek, Pretty Polly, Coal Creek March, Holly Ding, Last Chance, Alabama Gals, Schottische Time, Altamont, The Coo Coo Bird, Josh Thomas's Roustabout, French Waltz, Goodbye Old Booze

Allen's dynamic and sensitive playing truly brings out the charm of the unaccompanied five string banjo and many of the styles in which it has been played over the past 150 or so years. The banjo became widely popular in America and Europe, and was a principal entertainment and dance instrument throughout the 19th century. It is to this day in the South and among banjo aficionados elsewhere. Except among those in the know, the tunes and playing styles that made the banjo so popular are not heard much today by the general public. This recording by Allen illustrates very well why the banjo was so well regarded in popular culture in past times, and deserves this recognition today. He grew up with banjo music, and started learning it from his father at an early age. In over 35 years of playing he has learned many great tunes in different playing styles from many well regarded traditional players. On this recording he uses several banjos, each with its own sound and playing characteristics, and each suiting well the tunes played on it. These include his 1904 Fairbanks #7 Whyte Ladie; an 1890s nylon strung Cole's Eclipse; a 20 pound Okie Adams; and a replica of an 1845 Boucher fretless banjo, presently in the Smithsonian collection, which he makes for present day really "old time" players. On four of the selections, Allen is accompanied by Clif Ervin, the "Ambassador of the Bones," who grew up in East Texas in the 1930s and started accompanying local banjo players on bones when he was seven years old. He is still providing great rhythm to old time banjo players today, on real "bones" he makes himself! While Allen is true to the traditions of old time banjo playing, this recording is far from being an "academic" recital of banjo traditions - it lends itself well to being played and enjoyed over and over again! It will give banjo players additional insights into the potential of the instrument and entertain those who have not yet brought the banjo into their lives. Allen, along with Clif, truly shows why the banjo became an entertainment mainstay in America and around the world.

Sound Clips: Chilly Winds MP3 MP3(LoFi); Alabama Gals MP3 MP3(LoFi); Josh Thomas's Roustabout MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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FLOYD ENGSTROM: OLD TIME GOSPEL FAVORITES
CD369

Floyd Engstrom, fiddle; Bob Olson, banjo; Tim Cardinale, guitar; Leaan Cardinale, bass; Phil Williams, guitar, banjo, bass on tracks 4, 11, 17

He Was There All the Time, Blessed Assurance, The Family Bible, I'll Fly Away, In the Garden, Mansion Over the Hilltop, Softly and Tenderly, Life's Railway to Heaven, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Ivory Palaces, The Old Rugged Cross, Supper Time, In My Heart There Rings a Melody, He Will Hold to My Hand, Precious Memories, How Great Thou Art, Steal Away and Pray, When We All Get to Heaven, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, If I Could Help Someone, The Tramp on the Street, When the Saints Go Marching In, Whispering Hope

Floyd Engstrom grew up in the Puget Sound region, and was playing dances in the 1930's in the typical Pacific Northwest style. However, like a lot of fiddlers in the region he also was playing hymns and gospel tunes on his fiddle. These he plays in a simple, respectful way, in keeping with his strong religious beliefs. It is a pleasure to enjoy listening to these tunes, some of which are fairly commonly known, and others that are not so well known. They bring true pleasure and inspiration. He is backed up very well on this recording by friends who have played with him at many fiddle shows and other events.

Sound Clips:When We All Get to Heaven MP3 MP3(LoFi); If I Could Help Someone MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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FRANK FERREL: CLASSIC DOWN EAST FIDDLE MUSIC
CD370

Frank Ferrel, fiddle; Giles Losier, piano; Graham Townsend, piano

Bb Medley, Bee's Wing Hornpipe, Carignan Medley, Desire Waltz, Firefly/New Bedford Hornpipes, Carignan Clogs, Gaudette Polka, Highland Medley, Jaunting Car/Leaves of Spring, Joyous Waltz, Judique Jigs, Mackilmoyle Medley, Main Behind the Bar, Plumed Hat Reel, Port Townsend Jig, Mt. Rainier Reel, Redwing Medley, The Resting Chair, Speed the Plough, MacCormicks Jigs, York County/Shelburne Rotary

Frank Ferrel is a widely respected master player of the traditional tunes of Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, as well as a writer of many original compositions that have entered the mainstream of American fiddling. He has lived in New England since the mid-1980's, where he has been a major performer of this music at traditional dances, concerts, radio and television presentations, and music camps. Prior to moving to New England, he lived in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington State. He was a principal founder of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Pt. Townsend, where he was able to meet and play with some of the best musicians in the "Down East" style of music. During this period he recorded two Lps issued by Voyager - one with Giles Losier from Quebec playing piano, and the other with master Canadian fiddler Graham Townsend on piano and second fiddle. Selections from these two Lps have now been issued on this CD. This is a rare opportunity to hear great tunes for the "Down East" repertoire played by master performers of this music.

Sound Clips: Bee's Wing Hornpipe MP3 MP3(LoFi)Danse de la Victorie MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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PHIL and VIVIAN WILLIAMS:
PIONEER DANCE TUNES OF THE FAR WEST
CD371

Vivian Williams, fiddle, piano, viola, bowed cello; Phil Williams, guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, jews harp, comb & paper, fiddlesticks, plucked cello, wood blocks, snare drum

Nelly Bly, Mazourka from Mr. Howard of Vancouver Washington Territory, Rye Straw, Annie Laurie, Tassels on My Boots, Golden Slippers, The Old Settler, Jenny Lind Polka, Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, Gal on a Log, Such a Gettin' Upstairs, Rory O'More, Lauterbach Waltz, Weevilly Wheat, Rochester Schottische, Varsoviana, Opera Reel, Home on the Range, Little Brown Jug

Dancing was one of the most important recreational activities for pioneers in the West. They danced squares, waltzes, mazurkas, schottisches, polkas, and Virginia Reels. Here are some of the many and diverse tunes played for dances in the Far West in the 1850’s, 1860’s, and 1870’s, performed by Phil and Vivian Williams on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and other instruments used in pioneer dance bands. Many of the tunes are well known while others are hardly known today at all. Some of the tunes commonly played today without all the original parts are performed with all parts as originally written in the 19th century. The selections offer a rare insight into the broad range of tunes danced to in the Far West over 125 years ago. This CD is the result of extensive research into the tunes from the region's pioneer heritage by Phil and Vivian, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest playing and dancing to many of them. The Williams have played traditional music together for over forty-five years and are well known in the West as music scholars and performers of the its old time dance music. The booklet with the CD contains extensive liner notes on pioneer dancing in the Far West and background of the tunes.

Sound Clips: Nelly Bly MP3 MP3(LoFi)Tassels on My Boots MP3 MP3(LoFi)The Old Settler MP3 MP3(LoFi)Gal on a Log MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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JOHN WHITE:
NINE MILES OF DRY AND DUSTY

CD372

John White, fiddle, with the Nine Mile Band: Amber Gaddy, accordion, piano; Jim Ruth, banjo; David Cavins; guitar, and Kenny Applebee, guitar; Musial Wolfe, piano; Kathy Gordon, bass, and Howard Marshall, banjo

Nine Miles, Dry and Dusty, Old Man and Old Woman, Mississippi Sawyer, Hogs in the Tater Patch, New Five Cent Piece, Silver & Gold Two Step, Devil Ate a Groundhog, Peek-a-boo Waltz, Natchez Under the Hill, Soldier's Joy, Arkansas Traveler, That's My Rabbit My Dog Caught It, Black Eyed Susan, Hi-Lo Schottische, White Man, Old Mother Flanagan, Fisher's Hornpipe, Sugar in the Gourd, Mouse in the Cupboard, Evansville, Little Foot Waltz, My Love is But a Lassie-O, Splish Splash, Little Rabbit, Be Nobody's Darling But Mine, Turkey in the Straw, Possum Hunter's Blues

Master old time square dance fiddler John White comes from a fiddling family in north-central Missouri. His fiddle playing style developed while playing for square dances in Shelby, Macon, Linn and Monroe counties, and his favorite fiddling venue is still the community square dances he and his wife, Betty, sponsor in Hallsville. John has been a master fiddle teacher in the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and is a regular member of the staff at the summer fiddle camp in Bethel. On this CD he is backed up on some selections by the Nine Mile Band, a square and contra dance band that includes piano accordion, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. On the rest of the tunes he is backed up by guitar, piano, bass, and old time Missouri style five string banjo. This is contemporary old time Missouri dance fiddling played by a great Missouri fiddler with experienced Missouri old time dance musicians. Toe tapping fiddling and dance music the way it used to be, and still is, if you know where to find it! You'll find it here!

Sound Clips: White Man MP3 MP3(LoFi)Splish Splash MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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VIVIAN & PHIL WILLIAMS:
FIDDLING DOWN THE OREGON TRAIL

Entire stage program with music, journal accounts, tune and dancing on the Trail stories, recorded live at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City, OR

CD373

Vivian Williams, fiddle; Phil Williams, guitar, fretless banjo, fiddlesticks

Arkansas Traveler, Old Joe Clark, Buffalo Gals, Weevily Wheat, Irish Washerwoman, Money Musk The Girl I Left Behind Me, Home Sweet Home, Richmond Polka, Detroit Schottische, Pop Goes The Weasel, Nellie Bly, Buy a Broom, Turkey in the Straw

The fiddle was the principal dance instrument on the Oregon Trail. Vivian and Phil Williams have been presenting this program of fiddle tunes played on the Trail for several years. This CD is a complete program with the tunes, journal accounts, and tune histories as presented and recorded at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Flagstaff Hill, Baker City, OR in July, 2007. Besides being a champion fiddler, Vivian has a BA degree in History from Reed College and an MA degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She and Phil are regarded as among the foremost researchers and performers of the fiddle and dance tunes of the Pioneer West. This program will make your feet tap and give you information about life on the Trail, the tunes, and the dances that can be found nowhere else.

Sound Clips: Nelly Bly (Introduction and Tune Start) MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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TUNES FROM THE PETER BEEMER MANUSCRIPT

CD374

 

Vivian Williams - violin, cello; Phil Williams - guitar, mandolin; Paul Englesberg - wooden flute, silver flute, flageolet, concertina; Phil Katz - button accordions; Allen Hart - fretless and freted banjos; Terry Wergeland - melodeon

German Waltz, Polka from Sch. Barnhard of Florence, Dartmouth Sett No. 8 Figure 1, Dartmouth Sett No. 8 Figure 2, Dartmouth Sett No. 8 Figure 3, Dartmouth Sett No. 8 Jig, Banquet Waltz, Schottishe from Henry Redberg, Polka Mazourka, Evening Star Waltz, Seven Up Schottish, Dearest Mae, The Meeting, Lucy Long, Fi Hi Hi, New Russian Mazourka, Coral Schottische, Secreto from the opera of Lucretia Borcia, Versouvian No. 3 from Mr. Bellow, Quadrille Sett No. 1 Figure 1, Quadrille Sett No. 1 Figure 2, Quadrille Sett No. 1 Figure 3, Quadrille Sett No. 7 FIgure 3, Kate Karny Waltz, Medley of Quicksteps by A. Draper

In 1862, gold was discovered on Warrens Creek in Idaho, about 40 miles NW of present McCall. The resulting gold rush brought over 5,000 miners to "Warren's Diggins," mining camp. A flute player named Peter Beemer started collecting and writing down tunes for a dance band he was forming. He had folks hum or sing their favorite dance tunes, got some tunes from itinerant music teachers coming through the camp, and other tunes from musicians who had come to Warrens. These tunes were written on foolscap paper by hand, Mr. Beemer hand ruling the staves. He developed a manuscript of 124 tunes for his dance band to play for the regular Saturday night dances at the tavern of fiddler Charles Bemis. The band was composed of two fiddlers, flute, button accordion, banjo, and an unidentified sixth member. The manuscript survived, and was discovered and published by Vivian. It is the only manuscript of what a dance band actually played for dancing in the West in pioneer times. For more information go to The Peter Beemer Manuscript. The tunes are for the dances of the day - quadrilles, polka, schottische, waltz, mazurka, varsouvienne, and other ballroom dances of the period. The music ranges from a few well known square dance tunes, to challenging tunes, most of which have not been familiar to fiddlers for many decades. This recording presents a selection of 25 of the different types of tunes in the manuscript. See the Liner Notes for more details.

Sound Clips: German Waltz MP3 MP3(LoFi)Dartmouth Sett 8, Fig. 2 MP3 MP3(LoFi)Lucy Long MP3 MP3(LoFi)New Russian Mazourka MP3 MP3(LoFi)spacerQuadrille Sett No. 1, Fig. 3 MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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TUNES FROM THE HAYNES FAMILY MANUSCRIPT

CD375

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Vivian Williams - violin; Terry Wergeland - piano, flugelhorn; Phil Williams - guitar

Cornflower Waltz, Schottische, Angelina Quadrille Figure 1, Angelina Quadrille Figure 2, Angelina Quadrille Figure 3, Angelina Quadrille Figure 4, Angelina Quadrille Figure 5, Waltz Without a Name, Slumber Polka, Mazourka by W.E.C., McCoy's Waltz, Les Rats Quadrille Figure 1, Les Rats Quadrille Figure 2, Les Rats Quadrille Figure 3, Les Rats Quadrille Figure 4, Laura Schottische, Unnamed waltz No. 1, Helter Skelter Gallop, Varsouvienne by W.E.C., Sallie Water, Unnamed waltz No. 2, French Lancers Quadrille Figure 1, French Lancers Quadrille Figure 2, French Lancers Quadrille Figure 4, French Lancers Quadrille Figure 5, Waltz from J. Woolsey No. 3

These tunes were played for dancing in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, in pioneer days. They come from The Haynes Family Manuscript, which was written by, played from, and handed down through several generations of the Haynes, Shuck, and Adams families. They came to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in the middle of the 19th century and settled on Chehalem Mountain, southwest of Portland. The manuscript gives a fascinating glimpse into the music played for community dances in the pioneer West. The CD includes 26 tunes from this manuscript, including waltzes, polkas, schottisches, a gallop, and three quadrille sets arranged to fit standard quadrilles (square dances) of that time. Five tunes in this manuscript also are in The Peter Beemer Manuscript (see above), showing that these were the common dance tunes of that era in the Far West. The tunes are quite different from what historians have assumed were played here for community dances. While they were being played by common folks - millworkers, farmers, miners, orchardists - many of them require classical training to play.

The tunes are performed on violin, piano, guitar, and flugelhorn by a trio of musicians who have play dances together - square, contra, and ballroom - for over twenty years, and who are among the best performers of 19th century popular dance music, particularly the dance music of the pioneer Pacific Northwest. See the Liner Notes for more information about this recording.

Sound Clips: Slumber Polka MP3 MP3(LoFi)Rats Quadrille Figure 12 MP3 MP3(LoFi)Helter Skelter Gallop MP3 MP3(LoFi)Waltz from J. Woolsey No. 3 MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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TRAVIS INMAN - MISSOURI FIDDLER

CD376

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Travis Inman, fiddle; Charlie Walden, guitar; Patt Plunkett, piano

Angus Campbell, Rosebuds of Avamore, Swerngin's Hornpipe, St. Anne's Reel, I'll Be All Smiles Tonight, Sweet Georgia Brown, Lead Out, Eva Anne's Waltz, Red Apple Rag, Over the Waves, Jumping the Strings, Hooker's Hornpipe, Peacock Rag, Back in Old Arkansas, Rachel, Sugar Tree Stomp, White Rose, Grey Eagle, Paddy on the Turnpike, Cowboy Waltz, Charmaine, Turkey in the Straw, Wednesday Night Waltz, Woodchopper's Reel, What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Travis Iman is eleven time Missouri State Fiddle Champion, and his fiddling is deeply grounded in his Missouri roots. He represents a transition between the dance dominated fiddle traditions of earlier years and more contest and performance oriented traditions of today. Travis has embraced elements of these influences to create a sound that's deeply traditional, surprisingly contemporary, and uniquely his own. This CD is an excellent representation of his powerful, articulate fiddling, with expert accomaniment by Charlie Walden on guitar and Patt Plunkeet on piano. A truly exceptional contemporary traditional production by a trio of great players.

Sound Clips: Grey Eagle MP3 MP3(LoFi)White Rose MP3 MP3(LoFi)Charmaine MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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RICK RUSKIN and VIVIAN WILLIAMS:
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO RICK RUSKIN & VIVIAN WILLIAMS

LD9710 (Lion Dog Music's Label)

Rick Ruskin, guitar, Vivian Williams - fiddle

I Am a Pilgrim, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Farther Along, This Little Light of Mine, What a Friend We Have In Jesus, Children Go Where I Send Thee, I'll Fly Away, Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho; Wayfaring Stranger

Fabulous instrumental versions of favorite hymns and old time gospel songs performed by master finger style guitarist, Rick Ruskin, and champion old time fiddler, Vivian Williams. This CD represents the collaboration of two old friends from very different musical backgrounds. The combination of Rick Ruskin's Motown/funk "fingerstyle as rhythm section" guitar and Vivian Williams' championship traditional fiddling on this collection of gospel favorites is nothing short of amazing. It was produced, arranged and recorded by Mr. Ruskin at his Lion Dog studio and released on his Lion Dog Music label. This recording features the juxtaposition of Vivian's noted Pacific Northwest fiddling styling, with an occasional more modern twist, with Rick's highly imaginative "pop" guitar styling and arranging, heavily influenced by traditional blues, Motown, and funk in unique, original arrangements of tunes they have known since childhood. This is not a "straight" traditional style project by any means. Two of the selections use electric bass and drums, and most of the rest use overdubbed fiddle and guitar parts. The result makes you want to sing along! It has been getting great reviews! For additional audio selections from and information about this CD visit Mr. Ruskin's Web site: http://liondogmusic.com.

Sound Clips: Jesus Loves Me MP3 MP3(LoFi); Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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