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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)

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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 re-issue 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; Darkness on the Delta MP3

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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)

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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 re-issue 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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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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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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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 40 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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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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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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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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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, camp outs, 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; New Five Cents MP3

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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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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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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

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Haynes Manuscript CD Cover

 

 

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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