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Whiskey Flat – Jam Session 1965

We both agreed that Art Chambers, a two-finger stylist on the five string banjo was a special gem among the people there. Art had accompanied Fiddlin’ Van Cunningham in the contest, and he was rarin’ to go to demonstrate some of his  banjo showpieces. Continue reading

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Earl Johnson, a Wild Georgia Fiddler

Earl was a Georgia, short-bow fiddler with a brisk attack, highlighted by upward slides in the melody that pushed his tunes forward impressively. Mississippi Sawyer (a descriptive term for a river snag, long-used by steamboat pilots) was very popular in … Continue reading

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Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention: A group effort

The Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention quickly became a major event in the Southern California traditional music calendar.  By its third year, 1974, we had close to 4,500 paid attendees.  That we did so was due, in the main, … Continue reading

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Fiddlers’ Convention: Building a tradition

Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention: Building a tradition Lots of help from my friends, a giant convention, including . . . a streaker! Continue reading

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