The Old-Time Herald Volume 7, Number 2

Here & There by John Currie


The Mountain Moon Coffeehouse in Wheeling, WV, has a great concert series on tap for the 2000 season, including Tracy Schwarz & Ginny Hawker, Jan. 15; Bob Heyer & John Lilly Feb. 5; Peach’s Little Band March 4; Cabin Fever String Band July 15; and the Monongohela Sheiks Aug. 19. Info: Stiffel Fine Arts Center, 304-242-7700.

Riverside Park in Madrid, NY was the site in September of the 24th Annual Autumn Fiddle Festival sponsored by the North Country Fiddlers. Info:

The 1999 Berea (KY) Christmas Country Dance School will be held from Dec. 26-Jan. 1 at Berea College. Various kinds of American and European dance, music, singing and crafts will be taught and there will be special classes for callers and school teachers. Info: 606-986-9341 ext. 5565.

Merlefest 2000 ticket sales will begin on Nov. 9. The festival will take place Apr. 27-30 in North Wilkesboro, NC. Traditional musicians will include Old-Time Tradition, Big Hoedown, Burris Family Singers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Freight Hoppers, Toast String Stretchers, Etta Baker, Joe Thompson Band, Scott Ainslie, Double Decker String Band, A.C. Overton with Wayne Martin, Ruth Pershing, Phil Jamison, Roane Mtn. Hilltoppers, Rodney Sutton, Clint & Clarence Howard, David Holt, BR Boys, Robert Dotson, Algia Mae Hinton, Loretta Freeman, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mtn. Boys, Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals, John Hartford, Tim O’Brien, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Preston Frank & the Family Zydeco Band, Howard Armstrong, Little Pink Anderson, and others. Info: 800-343-7857;

There will be a dance and concert on Dec. 11 by Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, sponsored by the Charlotte (NC) Dance Gypsies and Charlotte Folk Society. Info: 704-364-5433.

Artists & Agents

David Holt’s performing schedule will find him mostly in the East through the end of the year, including the Birmingham, AL Library, Nov. 4-6; the Western NC Arts Council, Nov. 8-10, and a storytelling festival in Homestead, FL, Dec. 3-5.

Paul & Win Grace are busy as usual in the Midwest. Paul plays with Howard “Rusty” Marshall on Nov. 5 in a house concert in the Chicago area and on the 6th at Heartland Studio Theatre in Chicago. Win is Artistic Director of First Night Columbia (MO) and will be heavily involved in the year’s end celebration. Info:

Harold Hausenfluck, the well-known VA fiddler and host of “Good Ol’ Mountain Music” on WBRF in Galax, has suffered a major stroke and is undergoing rehabilitation at Health South in Richmond. Anne Donley reports that Harold is making some progress toward movement, but that his entire left side is affected although his speech and thinking are not. For more information, email Anne at (Also, thanks to Susan Gleason for info.)

Clarke Buehling has recently returned from a successful one-man tour of England, having performed at the Reading Banjo and Fiddle Festival and a number of other venues. Clarke and co-conspirator Joel Zemmer have put together a booklet of minstrel-period banjo tablatures which they hope to expand and publish as a book eventually.

In Print, In School & On The Net

The Bristol (VA) Herald Courier recently (July 9) ran a piece concerning the contest for a new state song to replace “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny.” While there was no detailed information about the other choices, their favorite was A. P. Carter’s “Longing for Old Virginia,” which should not be a stranger to this readership. If you (too) think this is a good idea, access the contest Web site at and lobby the committee members.

Noted country music historian and writer, Dr. Charles Wolfe is a regular contributor now on Charles is writing a column, “Vintage Country,” in which he reviews country reissues of all kinds. Go to and hit MUSIC, then hit NEWS. Charles’s logo is an old Victor Talking Machine.

Recordings, Instruments & Labels

Bob Heyer has a new CD out called Close to the Heart. Info: 501 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003 or email at

Tony and Gary Williamson have a new recording out called Let Us Cross Over the River. Info:

The latest Copper Creek flyer notes the release of a couple of items of more than passing interest, namely the new Ginny Hawker/Kay Justice CD, A Tribute to the Music of the Carter Family, and a Stanley Brothers live home recording, Old-Time Songs, with Ralph Mayo and Curly Lambert from 1956.


If you’re anywhere near the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (NC) area, you should be aware of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. Over the course of any given year, they sponsor an absolutely amazing array of activities, including concerts, dances and jams, from every tradition you could think of. Info: PO Box 28534, Raleigh, NC 27611, 919-664-8333,

The Charlotte (NC) Folk Society sponsors and encourages a wide range of concerts, dances, jams, etc. in their area. To get their monthly calendar/newsletter, write CFS at PO Box 36864, Charlotte, NC 28236-6864.

We got a new (to us) newsletter from the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society in Oregon a while back, and it looks like they do a lot of old-time music and dancing. If you’re out in their area, contact them at PO Box 1623, Hood River, OR 97031; 541-352-7550;

The Down East Folk Arts Society has kicked off another season of concerts and dances in eastern North Carolina. Info: PO Box 3489, Morehead City, NC 28557 or

The Southern Arts Federation has announced that it is awarding over $285,000 to southern communities for performances in music, dance, theater, opera, and musical theater for the current season.

Sessions & Jams

With this issue, we are inaugurating a listing of sessions and jams separate from the Events section. We will not publish every jam in every issue, but we encourage you to let us know about existing venues as well as new ones, since I don’t keep a file of such things.J.C.

Monthly Jam - 7-10 pm, 1st Sundays Oct. thru May, at The Tavern on Lake Street, Grayslake, IL 847-223-6993.

Shape Note Sing - 3 pm, 3rd Sundays, Davis Chapel, S. Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 919-760-2822.

Hammered Dulcimer Session - 7:30-10:30 pm, 3rd Thursdays, 106 Wainwright Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC 919-851-5925.

Old-Time Music Session - 7-10 pm, 1st Tuesdays at Zepp Country Music, 4 East 3rd St., Wendell, NC 919-365-5189.

Jam Sessions - 3-6 pm, Sundays, Waterloo Ice House, 38th St., Austin, TX 512-441-4419.

Fiddle & Old-Time Music Jam - 3-6 pm, 1st Sundays at Ramsey Grange, 6 mi. west of Dufur, OR 541-467-2632.

Old-time picking session - 8-10 pm, 1st Thurs. every month, Biddy Early’s Bar on Ninth St., Durham, NC. Info: Jon Newlin, 919-220-3304.

Old-Time Music Jam - 3rd Sundays in Nov., Dec. and Jan, Ri Ra (Irish Pub), Charlotte, NC. Info: Karen Singleton at


Bob Holt, Ozark old-time fiddler from Ava, MO, has been named a National Heritage Fellowship recipient by the National Endowment for the Arts.

10th Appalachian String Band Music Festival Winners: Fiddle: 1st-Bruce Molsky, Arlington, VA; 2nd-Mark Campbell, Richmond, VA; 3rd-J.P. Fraley, Denton, KY; 4th-Scott Prouty, Elkins, WV; 5th-Rhys Jones, Chicago, IL Youth Fiddle Honors, 15 years of age and under: 1st-Zack Fanok, Morgantown, WV; 2nd-Stephanie Coleman, Glenview, IL; 3rd-Matt Brown, West Chester, PA Senior Fiddle Honors, 60 years of age and over: 1st-J.P. Fraley, Denton, KY; 2nd-Junior Spencer, Frankford, WV; 3rd-Melvin Wine of Copen, WV.

Banjo: 1st-Joe Newberry, Durham, NC; 2nd-Bruce Molsky, Arlington, VA; 3rd-Reed Martin, Cabin John, MD; 4th-Bob Smakula, Elkins, WV; 5th-Walt Koken, Trumansburg, NY. Youth Banjo Honors, 15 years of age and under: 1st-Lydia Garrison, Ithaca, NY; 2nd-Adam Hurt, St. Paul, MN; 3rd-Katherine Gura, Chapel Hill, NC. Senior Banjo Honors, 60 years of age and over: 1st-Don Sarrell, Rising Fawn, GA; 2nd-Marvin Gaster, Sanford, NC; 3rd-Charlie Loudermilk, Frankford, WV.

Traditional Band: 1st-New Dixie Entertainers, Harriman, TN; 2nd-Pilot Mountain Bobcats, Westfield, NC; 3rd-Charlie Loudermilk and the Mud Hole Controls, Frankford, WV; 4th-County Commissioners, Carrboro, NC; 5th-Rhythm Rats, Fayetteville, NC. Non-Traditional Band: 1st-Mando Mafia, Charlottesville, VA; 2nd-Beer and Mangos, Hopkins, SC; 3rd-The Marzaks, Charlottesville, VA; 4th-The Jimi Ziffle Experience, Charlotte, NC; 5th-Cuttin Up Gumby, Chapel Hill, NC.

Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance, ages 15 and under: 1st-Chloe Edmonstone, Charlotte, NC; 2nd-Audrey Sibley, Hammond, LA; 3rd-Amanda Canfield of Lewisburg, WV. Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance, ages 16 through 49: 1st-Phil Loyer of Riner, VA; 2nd-Brian DeMarcus, Eagle River, AK; 3rd-Joanna Laney, Birmingham, AL. Old-Time Flat-Foot Dance, 50 years of age and over: 1st-Marilyn Branch, St. Joseph, MI; 2nd-James Obermeyer, Crown Point, IN; 3rd-Carolyn Molohn, Waterville, OH.

Winners of the 64th Annual Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention: Old-Time Fiddle: 1st-James Burris, Galax, VA; 2nd-Eddie Bond, Galax, VA; 3rd-Greg Hooven, Stuarts Draft, VA; 4th-Billy Hurt Jr., Boones Mill, VA; 5th-Benton Flippen, Mt. Airy, NC; 6th-Richard Bowman, Galax, VA; 7th-Bill Birchfield, Roan Mountain, TN; 8th-Kathleen O’Connell, Blacksburg, VA; 9th-Roger Stamper, Mt. Airy, VA; 10th-J.P. Fraley, Denton, KY.

Dulcimer: 1st-Gin Burris, Hillsville, VA; 2nd-Mary Spafford, Center Valley, PA; 3rd-Dot Christenson, Lexington, KY; 4th-Tammy Sawyer, Trap Hill, NC; 5th-Nancy Tuggle, Independence, VA; 6th-Kathy Hollandsworth, Christiansburg, VA; 7th-Paul Byrum, Rock Hill, SC; 8th-Cheryl Saunders, Chatham, NC; 9th-Betty Meikle, Clayton, NC; 10th-Clarence Roberts, Galax, VA.

Clawhammer Banjo: 1st-Joey Burris, Hillsville, VA; 2nd-Peco Watson, Galax, VA; 3rd-Tina Blevins, Jefferson, NC; 4th-David Ball, Knoxville, TN; 5th-Will Keys Jr., Gray, TN; 6th-Stephanie McKinnon, Marion, VA; 7th-Marsha Bowman, Ararat, VA; 8th-Nancy Sluys, Westfield, NC; 9th-Herb Brown, Christiansburg, VA; 10th-Sara Carlton, Williamsburg, VA.

Autoharp: 1st-John Hollandsworth, Christiansburg, VA; 2nd-David Kilby, Peach Bottom, PA; 3rd-Glenna Anderson, Christiansburg, VA; 4th-Carole Outwater, Charlotte, NC; 5th-JoAnn Redd, Galax, VA; 6th-Mary Umbarger, Harmony, NC; 7th-Evelyn Farmer, Fries, VA; 8th-Lou Beasley, Wytheville, VA; 9th-Bobby Roberts, Galax, VA; 10th-Rhoda Kemp, Salem, VA.

Folk Song: 1st-Leslie Dunbar, Eagle Rock, VA; 2nd-Mary Wolfe, Wirtz, VA; 3rd-Darrell Wolfe, Wirtz, VA; 4th-Jack Leonard, Salem, VA; 5th-Sharon Tolbart, Advance, NC; 6th-Dale Morris, Elk Creek, VA; 7th-Terry Beam, Statesville, NC; 8th-Ashley Primm, Hillsville, VA; 9th-Jimmy Trivette, W. Jefferson, NC; 10th-Victor Dowdy, Salem, VA.

Dance: 1st-Michael Sexton, Galax, VA; 2nd-Barbara Bowman, Ararat, VA; 3rd-Brenda Joyce, Stuart, VA; 4th-John Perry, Independence, VA; 5th-Harold Smith, Woodlawn, VA; 6th-Patsy Bowers, Galax, VA; 7th-Angela Hale, Independence, VA; 8th-Jimmy Creed, Floyd, VA; 9th-Ann Boyer, Galax, VA; 10th-Brian Ferguson, Rocky Mount, VA.

Old Time Bands: 1st-New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, Galax, VA; 2nd-Virginia Carolina Buddies, Austinville, VA; 3rd-Slate Mountain Ramblers, Ararat, VA; 4th-Southern Pride, Galax, VA; 5th-Blue Ridge Mtn. Ramblers, Lansing, NC; 6th-Smokey Valley Boys, Mt. Airy, NC; 7th-Pilot Mtn. Bobcats, Westfield, NC; 8th-Bumride String Band, Boones Mill, VA; 9th-Little Debbie and the Moon Pies, Konnarock, VA; 10th-Buck Mtn. String Band, Independence, VA.

Final Notes

Zeke Morris, guitar-playing half of the Morris Brothers and old-time country music legend, died on Aug. 5 in Black Mtn., NC. In addition to his work with brother Wiley, he also performed with both Wade and J.E. Mainer, Pappy Sherrill and Steve Ledford. In 1940, Zeke and Wiley gave Earl Scruggs one of his first professional playing jobs.

Alice Colvin Clemens, 76, old-time fiddler and co-founder of the New York State Old-Time Fiddlers’ Association, died on Aug. 19 in Osceola, NY. A member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, she began playing as a child and won the NY State Ladies’ Championship three years in a row. She also helped found the annual Fiddlers’ Picnic in Osceola, and taught, lectured and wrote about fiddling for many years throughout the Northeast. (Thanks to Bill Knowlton for help with this.)

John Currie is a musician and singer who lives in Jacksonville, NC. He plays fiddle with The Floyd Pond Ramblers.

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