January 16, 2017

Going Down to Raleigh

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Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont 1976-1998 is a two-disc anthology that presents field recordings of stringband music from the central Piedmont of North Carolina. The musicians featured in the project are fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, singers, and a hammered dulcimer player who first learned their music from family and friends in the early decades of the twentieth century. Going down to Raleigh includes performances by Virgil Craven, Lauchlin Shaw, A.C. Overton, Joe and Odell Thompson, Leonard Eubanks, Marvin Gaster, Jack Jones, Smith McInnis, Fred Olson and Wade Yates, among others. Wayne Martin, who is Folklife Director of the North Carolina Arts Council and an old-time fiddler, made many of the field recordings and produced the anthology, which includes a forty-page booklet with notes and photographs of the musicians.

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