Along the Eastern Crescent
If you love to hear square dance tunes played old time style on a fiddle, Rounder Records has something just for you! |
Along the Eastern Crescent is Volume I of a three part encyclopedia of fiddle music, containing forty traditional tunes from the Ozarks of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. All of it is music played by traditional old time fiddlers from that region. The 3 CD set, Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, was produced by Gordon McCaan and Mark Wilson with the intent to capture and preserve a tradition in fiddle music as handed down father to son, mother to daughter in that region of the country. Nine fiddlers are recorded on this volume, each contributing several tunes. The accompaniment is simple: a guitar or maybe a bass or a banjo instead of a guitar. The focus is on the fiddle. While the performers are not professionals, they are very good musicians who have learned the tunes over the years in an aural tradition.
Here are some highlights that caught my attention:
I haven't touched on the many other fine songs on this CD collection. You will have to listen to appreciate them. I am sure if you like old time fiddle music you will want to add Along the Eastern Crescent and the other two volumes of Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks to your 'play a lot' stack!