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Thursday, September 25, 2008

I've been playin' de old banjer again, and have been thoroughly enjoying my Bart Reiter.  I have over 25 years in on the clawhammer now and how I got started you can check out my bio.

I've always been a highly melodic player and also play tunes in 6/8... (Jigs.)  My banjo playing has grown more conservative lately... I have to laugh about that.... One time I was at a contest and the legendary Woody Simmons was there and I ended up beating him with my psychadelic version of Old Joe Clark...  he was hoppin' mad!  At the time I wasn't aware of Woody's famous highly competitive spirit... But I realize he was right... he should've won.  Nowadays anytime I start gettin to notey, I can't help but think of Woody! 

I specialize in old music from the Appalachians of SW PA, Western MD and some of WV...

Have started to teach and play out again... more about me at:

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Occupation: poet,musician,bum

My Instruments:
Bart Reiter Standard

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
John C Skipper, Grover Broadwater, Phil Birkby, Bus Harvey, Carl Sweitzer, Ireta Skipper, Sonya Craver, Larry Rush, Ghost Fiddler, unnown fiddler 1, Pat Skipper, Walter Neal, Doc Watson, Roger Skipper, Johnny Doran, unknown fiddler 2, Jesse Milnes, Mairéad Ní Frankie Kennedy, Melvin Wine, unknown fiddler 3, Kevin Burke, "The Artist" (Burl Hammons) , Israel Welch, more to come...

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Created 9/25/2008
Last Visit 7/21/2009

When Shawn was 11 years old, he began making banjos from coffee cans and fishing line at his home on Roman Nose Mountain... a year later he decided he needed some real instruments and proceeded to get a guitar, banjo and a harmonica... A native of the Potomac Highlands region, he put the music of his friends, family and neighbors to good use and quickly became known as a good picker who could play "anything with strangs on it." His original and traditional music has been featured on National Public Radio, TV and many festivals throughout the country. In 1999, he recorded with Matt Pederson a disc of mostly original tunes featuring his guitar playing and songwriting called called "Over the Blueridge." In 2000, he played guitar on a CD called "Fishing Creek Blues" with Dick Kimmel and that disc has been heard worldwide. Shawn is a 4 time Maryland State Banjo Champ (Old-Time), Mid Atlantic Mandolin Champ, fiddler, singer and a respected source of traditional music of the Allegheny and Potomac Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains. For the past twenty years he has collected and practiced this "old music"... Ballads learnt from his Grandmother, dance tunes from the region's fiddling tradition, as well as melodies passed down from his Scot-Irish Great Grandfather. His fiddling is purposely void of modern sounds and he has worked hard to preserve the voice of what he calls the "Allegheny Fiddle Style" which is characteristically different from other Appalachian styles. As a fourth generation "mountain" musician, his repertoire runs as deep as his family's roots (and Native American roots) in the hills of Garrett, Tucker, Ritchie, Mineral and other counties in Maryland and West Virginia. His most recent recording is entitled "Fiddle in the Laurel," a collection of 12 traditional fiddle tunes from the pre-1900 tradition that once abounded in the region. Click to hear Hell on the Potomac. Many of the tunes came from family and friends.

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