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Tag Archives: Appalachian folk

John Fahey – A Raga Called Pat Part One

Some low tech field recordings give way to some haunting bluegrass that quickly evolves into a kind of Hillbilly raga dervish. Amazing stuff from his brilliant 1967 album ‘Days Have Gone By’.

Dock Boggs – Oh Death

Dock takes on this American folk standard in his inimitable style back in the 20’s.  This was possibly the first recording of the song.

John Fahey – Wine & Roses (Live)

The man himself playing live in Hamburg, 1978. Truly magical.

Roscoe Holcomb – Darling Cory

Here’s Roscoe with that high, lonesome sound again.

Ralph Stanley – Oh Death

Bluegrass man Ralph Stanley takes on an Appalachian folk ditty.
Some of you may recognize this tune from the ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ soundtrack; where Stanley did a rendition overlaid with whooping Klansmen.
I cannot give the date for this version, as I don’t know it; but I’m guessing it’s earlier than the aforementioned OST.
Great tune that is simultaneously cheery and a dirge.

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