Mark Graham - Southern Old-Time Harmonica

Southern Old-Time Harmonica

Mark Graham

Mark Graham
PO Box 18923
Seattle, WA 98118
206-722-1972

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

Singer-songwriter-humorist-satirist Mark Graham shows us yet another layer of his considerable talents with Southern Old Time Harmonica. Though his other albums include some harmonica work, with this effort he shows a range of versatility on the instrument that is much broader than one might anticipate.

With traditional southern string tunes, blues, and the melodic sounds of Ireland and Scotland, Graham not only demonstrates his considerable skill on the harp, but broadens our definition of what harmonica music is. Joined by Orville Johnson, Danny Barnes and other gifted musicians, Graham conveys a feeling and emotion through the harmonica that show not only his depth as a musician, but as a human being.

Southern Old Time Harmonica is a first rate collection of music, and a unique addition to one's music collection. Let it run at the end for a hidden bonus track that includes some cool samples, and a great jam on Clinch Mountain Backstep.

Selections

  • Kentucky Whiskey/Give the Fiddler A Dram
  • Hoof and Mouth (Graham)
  • I Saw a Man at the Close of Day
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Piedmont Blues (Graham)
  • Stony Point
  • Half Shaved (arr. Graham)
  • Highlander's Farewell/the Old Shoemaker/Dunbar
  • Lost Indian
  • Billy The Kid
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Mississippi Sawyer
  • Jonah and the Whale
  • Speed the Plow
  • John Henry
  • Blue Adder (Graham)
  • New River Train
  • Curly Headed Woman (Graham)

(all songs traditional unless otherwise noted)

Edited by David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2001, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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