Podcast: A Fiddlers’ Convention
Episode #17-39 | airing 09-27-17

In my area, September means a return to school, football season and many harvest festivals. For more than 30 years, my Septembers also mean another edition of our local fiddlers’ convention in Lyons Station, PA.

On this week’s program we’ll have our own fiddlers’ convention, as I play music from some of my favorite old-time fiddlers and string bands. This music is not that different from the music and style played in the early 1900s, just the recording technology has changed not the talent of the players.

We’ll open with John McEuen’s classic rendition of Stephen Vincent Benet’s poem “The Mountain Whippoorwill or How Hillbilly Jim won the Great Fiddler’s Prize.” This week on the show, a fiddlers convention … Sing Out! style.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways
T-Mart Rounders / “Green Corn” / T-Mart Rounders / Self Produced
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (John McEuen) / “The Mountain Whippoorwill” / Stars & Stripes Forever/ Capitol Nashville
The Foghorn Stringband / “Old Molly Hare” / Devil in the Seat / Self Produced
Bruce Molsky / “Lazy John-The Bucking Mule” / Soon Be Time / Compass

Marcus Martin / “Jennie Run Away in the Mud in the Night” / When I Get My New House Done /
              North Carolina Folklife Institute
Howdy Forrester & John Hartford / “Tumbling Creek Liza Jane” / Home Made Sugar and
              a Puncheon Floor / Spring Fed
Eck Robertson / “Ragtime Annie” / Old-Time Texas Fiddler / County
Tommy Jarrell / “Old-Time Sally Ann” / Rainbow Sign / County
T-Mart Rounders / “Heel + Toe Polka” / T-Mart Rounders / Self Produced

The Skillet Lickers / “Molly Put the Kettle On” / Old-Time Fiddle Tunes and Songs from
              North Georgia / County
Camp Creek Boys / “Let Me Fall” / Old-Time String Band / County
Indian Creek Delta Boys / “Lost Indian” / Volume 2 / Spring Fed
Red Clay Ramblers / “Forked Deer” / Twisted Laurel / Flying Fish
The Highwoods String Band / “The Lee Highway Blues” / Feed Your Babies Onions / Rounder

Bowhunter / “Violin v. Fiddle-L’Ville(Snake Hunt)” / The Right Hands Round / Self Produced
The Iron Leg Boys / “McCloud’s Reel” / Open / Skull City Old-Time
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” (excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
              Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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