New Sherwood

Yew Piney Mountain

Played by Lester McCumbers of West Virginia. Haunting.

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February 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Thanks for posting this. My mother (who’s visiting) and I were just talking this night about a family reunion years ago in West Virginia and how regretable it is that families these days live so far apart.

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    Comment by The Western Confucian | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. That was beautiful! Aside from the fiddle, he reminds me of all my old now-dead relatives from Grandma and Grandpa’s generation. Here’s an interview with him: http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/w-va-old-time-fiddling-lester-mccumbers/14118269

    Do you know of any collections of this sort of old-time fiddle music? I’d love to find some albums.

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    Comment by Bill White | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh, that interview is what you linked to :-)

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    Comment by Bill White | February 13, 2009 | Reply

  4. TWC: Your mother is right. I’d like to visit West Virginia someday.

    Bill: I don’t know of any recorded collections of music like this. We mostly hear this kind of thing live at jams and contests in the area. I’d like to have some recordings as well, and it’s worth doing a little research!

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Excellent! My son is playing violin. I hope he leans this way, and towards the traditional Irish fiddle!

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    Comment by James | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. Lots of good links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-time_music

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    Comment by Bill White | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. Rounder Records is a good place to find traditional fiddle music, especially their North American Traditions Collection. County Records and Voyager Records are also good sources. Rounder has a strong focus on Kentucky/West Virginia Old Time music and Cape Breton Scottish fiddle music, while County leans toward Old Time music from Southern Appalachia, and Voyager has a lot of Missouri fiddle music and fiddlers from the Northwest. At any rate, they all have a lot of traditional music.

    Hope this is helpful!

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    Comment by J. Thompson | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. James, if your son is learning classical violin, he can certainly pick up traditional Irish fiddle! Our kids are learning both and belong to an Irish fiddle group that has been a lot of fun. My daughter prefers Irish fiddle to bluegrass, although she ends up playing more bluegrass and old-time fiddle due to the culture of our region.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  9. To Bill White and Mr. Thompson: Thanks for the resources!

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  10. Here’s a great internet radio station called “Mountain Legacy”, featuring old time music “born in the isles, raised in Appalachia”.

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | February 21, 2009 | Reply


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