M.Ross.

Books, movies, music. as they are digested.

I sometimes write music reviews and features for this publication.
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4th May 2011

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Originally recorded by John Cohen in 1965, released in 1977, reissued with extras in 1995.  The original purpose was to document the different banjo tunings used by people in different mountain communities in the Appalachians, but as the project progressed Cohen realized he had a real jewel of a collection here; the old timers he was recording were remembering songs and melodies they hadn’t heard - much less played - in 50 years or more, and the more they played in these old tunings the more they remembered.  What he ended up with was a document of music played in North Carolina and Virginia for the last hundred years and more, many of them going all the way back to the English folk tradition.  What a document.

Originally recorded by John Cohen in 1965, released in 1977, reissued with extras in 1995.  The original purpose was to document the different banjo tunings used by people in different mountain communities in the Appalachians, but as the project progressed Cohen realized he had a real jewel of a collection here; the old timers he was recording were remembering songs and melodies they hadn’t heard - much less played - in 50 years or more, and the more they played in these old tunings the more they remembered.  What he ended up with was a document of music played in North Carolina and Virginia for the last hundred years and more, many of them going all the way back to the English folk tradition.  What a document.

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