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David Bragger & Susan Platz – tunes and interview

In 2017 David Bragger and Susan Platz released the first oldtime album featuring dual fiddle on all tracks: King's Lament. Bragger is well known as a methodical teacher and highly rhythmic...

John Salyer (1882 -1952) – fiddler from Magoffin County, Eastern Kentucky

I once heard a fiddler call John Morgan Salyer “the foremost genius, the Mozart of Old Time”. I can’t really argue with that. Salyer is known for crooked tunes, percussive bowing and...
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Seth Shumate – Oldtime Harmonica

"I'm a harmonica player with a focus on pre-war styles of harmonica from old-time, country blues, early blues, and jug band music. I come from a broken line of harmonica players including his...

Trish Kilby Fore – Interview and CD review

Trish Kilby Fore grew up surrounded by music in her hometown of Lansing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her new CD Clawhammer Banjo: Blue Ridge Style features her very...
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Rhona Dalling

Rhona Dalling is a fiddle player and songwriter from Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was early introduced to the folk scene by her musician father: an accordionist, songwriter and performer. With Scottish and...
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Graham Dezarn

I grew up from the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where I still live.  My parents spent a lot of time at the Bluemont contradances and my dad was a fiddle...
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Caitlin Hearn

Caitlin Hearn is a fiddle player who currently lives in Regensburg, Germany, where she is an English teacher. She got her musical feet wet at age 9, when she began studying classical violin in...
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Tom Turino & Shannon Arnold

Tom Turino was a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1987 to 2014. He has been playing old-time banjo since 1974, as well as a number of other instruments...
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Dave Hoke

"In a public setting such as the inter-web, reflecting on my past makes me uncomfortable. Away from my home, I am disinclined to give an out-of-context description of what I’ve done, who...

Kevin Fore of Surry County, NC and Galax, VA (Carroll County)

If you want to hear a living master of the different styles of clawhammer banjo that emerged from the Round Peak community, listen to Kevin Fore.   But Kevin doesn't just play banjos: he makes them....