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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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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 "finger style 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:

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

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