"Wig, Christian - GATE TO GO THROUGH: OLD TIME FIDDLE & BANJO 2004 -- Top-notch tunifying from east-central Ohio! 22 sets of tunes -- many from West Virginia and the late Melvin Wine's repertoire -- with Mark Olitsky on banjo and David Rice on harmonica .." from Elderly Instruments
"Now, people…. when it comes to the scientifical parts of music I know nothing about it, but I can play. Listen…. A man comes to this world naked and bare; He goes through life with troubles and care; He departs this life and goes we don’t know where; But he’ll be all right there if he lives all right here" ......... Uncle Dave Macon
Christian Wig and Whitt Mead have put out several excellent old-time CDs and both live in Ohio. The CDs are "Lost Indian: Fiddling on the Frontier" and "Chadwell's Station: Fiddling on the Frontier." I met both recently at a music party in Columbus. I believe Christian lives in or near Youngstown. Whitt might live in the southwestern part. Both are excellent fiddle players. Whitt is also a very good banjo player.
Mark Ward is an excellent banjo and fiddle player and luthier. He lives in Cincinatti.
"Each one's got to have his own style. It's all creamed potatoes, just fixed a little different." -- Benton Flippen
There used to be a lot of southern OH, northern KY fiddlers. Check out some of Jeff Goehring's recordings (available from the Field Recorders Collective) of Jimmy Wheeler and Lonnie Seymour. There's a lot of good info on the liner notes to "Along Ohio's Shores", you can download the notes here: http://www.rounderarchive.com/media...66105442.pdf
Either Dan Levenson or Christian Wig wrote an article for Banjo Newsletter about Ohio musicians about 3 years ago. I still have the issue at home, I believe. That article would add to your list of names.
"with Mark Olitsky on banjo and David Rice on harmonica .." from mralston's post, above. Both Mark and Dave are living in Ohio, though I think Dave hails from out west. Dave is a member of The Hoover Uprights. Mark has played Old Time, Zydeco, and Hawaiian music. Paul
Got lost in the Digital Library of Appalachia today and came out with a few goodies:
Here's a link to a few tracks from a fella named Glen Fannin - formerly of Magoffin County, KY (same county as John M. Salyer) - but was recorded while living in North Fairfield, OH: http://tinyurl.com/yl6zgqk
Well, you gonna have a pretty big list. Fiddle builder Clifford Hardesty, Banjo builder Pete Smakula (both now deceased), Bob Smakula now in wv, David Bass (freighthoppers), Kevin Enoch, Dirk Powell, Andy Cohen, Andi Ardito, John Sherman, Jim Thomas, Judy Thomas, Wes Linenkugel, Whit Mead, David Rice (former fellow Buzzard), Kevin Richards, Cathy Anderson (caller), Lynn Fredric, Rick Goehring, I'm sure I am forgetting a lot, shall we go on? Amazing the number there and from there.
Scott, I know you might already know all these folks, but can't resist the urge to brag about our state's contributions to OT banjo, so... More Ohio players: along with those mentioned above, some youngish living players include Matthew McElroy & Tim Peacock in the Athens OH area, and Greta VanDoren (who is currently mostly living in WV now, I think.) More like my age or so, you've got Lucy Long in northern OH, Whitt Mead, Kathy Anderson in the Dayton area, Linda Scutt and Barb Holmes of the Corn Drinkers in or near Yellow Springs.
As for deceased players, the late great fiddler Ward Jarvis was also a banjo player and taught me a tune or two on the banjo.
A great resource for Ohio tunes is musician/historian Nikos Pappas who is currently living in Lexington KY.
There's an article in Banjo Newsletter,October 2006, called The Ohio Banjo Scene, by Christian Wig. Not a lot of historical players, it mostly deals with those who were a part of the scene in 2006. Most are probably still in the same general areas, it's only 3 years later. Paul
Delmar Porter (his sister Janice and her husband Marvin Clark) operate the twin city opera house in McConnellsvile) is a great Banjo player, a true Nataural. he lives in Waterford, ohio Charle Clark was a great fiddle player. The Porters and Clarks used to play at a one room school house (called Tiltonville) This is where I fell in love with old time muscin and learned to square dance there) All descendants still play lovely ol time music
I'm a big fan of Wig & Mead. Their rep. is mostly Appalachian. I agree with Mojo Monk that John W. Summers of North Indiana was probably akin to many Ohio fiddlers with his complex arrangements af familiar tunes.
Just a lead....There is an administrator at the JC Cambell Folk School (in NC) that has roots in Ohio and is a Folk Historian and banjo player. I bet he has info and resources. Mary Cox or Dan Levenson would know who he is. I forgot his name but he is very entertaining.
In the late 60's, there was a very good clawhammer player from around the Cleveland area named Pete Hoover. I listened to him a few times while at Kent State and that's all I know about him.
Due to his tireless work as a "field recorder" beginning in late1959, Peter Hoover is, without a doubt, one of the most important figures in the recent history of OT music. The list of folks he collected is too long to list here, but to name a few: Manco Sneed, Santford Kelly, Sidna and Fulton Myers, Marcus Martin, Dan Tate, James Crase, Norm Edmonds, Glen Smith, Wade Ward, Charlie Higgins, Bayard Ray, Heywood Blevins...