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Track Listing
CD1 :
1. Pidoux John : Darkey’s Dream (Thomas J. Armstrong) 2’38
2. Farland Alfred A. : Carnival In Venice (Zani De Farranti) 4’00
3. Bacon Fred : Old Black Joe (Stephen Foster) 3’16
4. Van Eps Fred : Cocoanut Dance (Herman, Tobani) 3’04
5. Ossman Sylvester L “Vess” : Rusty Rags Medley (Unknown) 2’23
6. Cammeyer Alfred Davies & Sheaff Bernard : Danse Bizarre (Cammeyer) 2’48
7. Oakley Olly : Romping Rossie (Madeline Rossiter) 2’54
8. Reser Harry : Heebe Jeebes (Harry Reser) 3’10
9. Burnett Richard “Dick” : Ladies On The Streamboat (Unknown) 3’11
10. Jenkins Frank : Babtist Shout “Spanish Fandango” (Trad.) 2’47
11. Macon David Harrison “Uncle Dave” : Tennessee Red Fox Chase (Unknown) 3’17
12. Macon David Harrison “Uncle Dave” : Run (Unknown) 3’03
13. Mcgee Brothers (Sam, Kirk) : Milk Cow Blues (Kokomo Arnold) 2’23
14. Ashley Clarence “Tom” : Naomi Wise (Trad.) 2’57
15. Begley Justis : The Golden Willow Tree (Trad.) 4’17
16. Boggs Dock (Morlan L.) : Danville Girl (Trad.) 3’08
17. Boggs Dock (Morlan L.) : Old Rub Alcohol Blues (Trad.) 3’19
18. Williams Walter : Mud Fence (Trad.) 1’50
19. Smith Hobart : The Cuckoo Bird (Trad.) 2’38
20. Willingham Thaddeus C. : Roll On The Ground (Trad.) 3’14.
CD2 :
1. Crisp Rufus : Ball And Chain (Trad.) 3’07
2. Frazier Nathan : Po Black Sheep (Trad.) 3’12
3. Lowe Charlie : Tater Patch (Unknown) 1’54
4. Slayden Will : John Henry (Trad.) 2’31
5. Smith Lucious : New Railroad (Unknown) 3’14
6. Steele Pete : Coal Creek March (Peter Steele) 1’32
7. Lunsford Bascom Lamar : Swannanoa Tunnel (Trad.) 3’42
8. Kazee Buell : Old Whisker, The Moonshiner (Trad.) 3’18
9. Walsh Dock : Come Bath In That Beautifull Pool (Unknown) 3’04
10. Poole Charles Cleveland “Charlie” : Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (Trad.) 2’54
11. Poole Charles Cleveland “Charlie” (Piano : Lucy Terry) : Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Medley (Trad.) 3’19
12. Clark Bob “Bossie” : Italian Mulazicci (Unknown) 1’50
13. Monroe William Smith “ Bill” (Banjo : Earl Scruggs) : Bluegrass Breakdown (Bill Monroe) 2’16
14. Lyle Rudy (The Bluegrass Boys) : White House Blues (Wilbur Jones) 2’17
15. Stanley Ralph (The Stanley Brothers) : Pretty Polly (Trad.) 2’53
16. Scruggs Earl (Flatt & Scruggs) : Flint Hill Special (Earl Scruggs) 2’50
17. Seeger Peter “Pete” : Babe O’mine (Sarah Ogan Gunning) 2’44
18. Seeger Peter “Pete” : Blue Skies (Irvin Berlin) 2’23
19. Seeger Peter “Pete” : Listen Mr Bilbo (Bob Et Adrienne Claiborne) 2’04
20. Ward Wade : Old Joe Clark (Trad.) 0’53
Artist:
Various
Title:
American Five String Banjo 1901-1956 (2CD)
Label:
Fremeaux
Cat No:
FA5179
Format:
CD
Price £17.99
• Though it has roots in Africa, the five string banjo can claim to be America's own indigenous instrument. Popularised in 19th century minstrel shows, it was adopted by the communities of West Virginia, the Carolinas and Tennessee

• A timely two CD 40 track retrospective revealing a broad variety of styles, from field recordings in the Appalachians to the more developed mountain music of Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs bluegrass and the hybrid technique of Pete Seeger

• The inclusion of early recordings of the semi-classical repertoire provides a fascinating stylistic contrast, among them a track from the British concert party performer Olly Oakley, billed as the "world's greatest banjo player"
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