Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Old Virginia Fiddlers-Rare recordings 1948-49

Here's an out-of-print lp from County Records issued in 1977. The old Virginia Fiddlers were John Watts "Babe" Spangler and his cousin Dudley Spangler from Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The two learned their fiddling style from John Watts' father, Wallace Spangler, a reputed old-time fiddler from the region. The numbers on these lp were private recordings made by the artists to preserve their music except two tracks (Midnight Serenade and Patrick County Blues) that were issued on a 78rpm records. The sound is a bit scratchy but this is great fiddle music. Enjoy!
-Be sure to read the booklet for more informations on the players and the tunes (Click here for the PDF file)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Irish Pipes of Finbar Furey

Here are two lps from the Nonesuch Explorer series featuring the Irish Pipe (and whistle) playing of a then, very young Finbar Furey (i believe he was only 23 when he recorded this) with his brother Eddie who adds some guitar and bodhran here and there. While i'm not a big fan of the more folky stuff he recorded after, i do love his bagpipe playing here, and i believe this were the first pipe lps i bought some years ago so it's good to return to them again...
1.Rakish Paddy
2.The Hag with the money
3.Castle Terrace
4.Madame Bonaparte
5.The Young Girl Milking her Cow
6.Fin's Favourite
7.Peter Byrne's Fancy
8.O'Rourke's Reel
9. Roy's Hands
10.Planxty Davy
11.The Bonny Bunch of Roses
12.Eddy's Fancy
13.The Silver Spear
14.The Spanish Cloak
15.Sliabh na mBan
16.Graham's Flat
17.Piper's in the Meadow Straying
18.Rocking The Baby
19.Colonel Fraser
20.Pigeon on the gate
21.Eamonn an Chnuic
22.Tattered Jack Welch
23.The Fox Chase