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Erynn Marshall Fiddle Tune Transcriptions

Selected fiddle tune transcriptions with original source recordings.

Erynn Marshall, 2006 Berea Sound Fellow

2006 Appalachian Sound Archive Fellow Erynn Marshall primarily explored eastern Kentucky fiddle styles and song traditions, similar to her 1998 research conducted in West Virginia. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, the fiddler, ethnomusicologist, and author of the West Virginia University Press book Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia's Fiddle and Song Traditions, now lives in southwest Virginia. Erynn’s work at Berea included transcriptions of fiddle tunes by Hiram Stamper, J.P. Fraley, Santford Kelly and others.

Erynn also interviewed members of the Stamper family and made a number of field recordings, including a heretofore undocumented Old Regular Baptist congregation in Lincoln County. Her fieldwork involved meeting many resident musicians and visiting local, traditional music gatherings in Rockcastle, Garrard, Knox, Pike, Knott and Rowan counties as well as the Berea area.

With banjoist Chris Coole she brought her residency to a close with an on campus concert that included several of the fiddle pieces and tunings she studied while at Berea, as well as a newly composed tune, "Madison County Waltz," inspired by her stay in Madison County, Kentucky. 

Tune Transcriptions & Audio


 

All Young (PDF) - As played by Melvin Wine, Braxton County, West Virginia.
 
1989 Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music. AC-OR-005-435.

 

Feed My Horse Corn and Hay (PDF) - As played by Buddy Thomas, Lewis County, KY.
 
1973, Barbara Kunkle Collection, BK-OR-005-001.

 

Flannery's Dream (PDF) - As played by Santford Kelly, Lawrence County, KY.
 
John Harrod Collection, JH-CT-039-01-A-01.

 

Glory In The Meeting House (PDF) - As played by Hiram Stamper at age 93, Knott County, KY.
 
Recorded August 24, 1985 by Marynell Young, SC-VD-022-001.
Copy from Morehead State University Vintage Fiddlers Collection.

 

Paddy Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider (PDF) - As played by Clyde Davenport, Wayne County, KY.
 
John Harrod Collection, JH-CT-017-04-A-09.

 

Winds of Shiloh (PDF) - As composed and played by J.P. Fraley, Carter County, KY.
 
Barbara Kunkle Collection, AC-CT-426-003-B-01.

 

Madison County Waltz (PDF) - As composed and played by Erynn Marshall in Madison County, KY.
 
Recorded by Erynn Marshall in Berea, KY, June 2006..