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Size: 4,950kb, uploaded 9/5/2011 7:31:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

House party, spring, 1995. A. C. Overton, 2-finger banjo.

7 comments on “Snowdrop-2-finger”

chip arnold Says:
Monday, September 5, 2011 @7:39:28 PM

Nice! He was such an amazing banjo picker. This is the only tune i play in open c and it's been a while. i'm going to have to dust it off and shine it up again.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 @5:28:48 AM

Sounds like a great jam song. Thanks for posting!

gailg64 Says:
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 @4:07:58 PM

You can hear us cheering him on when he gets to the 3 finger part in the third section that first time. Only he used 2 fingers, so his index finger was working extra hard!

kevinwholmes Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @4:31:38 PM

Thanks for posting.

gailg64 Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @4:56:22 PM

Just spoke with an old friend of A. C.'s the other day who said he'd learned this (and Needlecase) relatively late in life, from the McGee recording.

Don Huber Says:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @12:13:59 PM

Wow! Incredible! Style reminds me of a cross between George Landers and George Pegram. Of course Overton is unique in his own right. I'd love to hear more of Mr. Overton's playing.

gailg64 Says:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @12:32:03 PM

A. C. of course knew George Pegram--both used to go to Union Grove & then later to Fiddlers Grove. If you want to hear more of A. C.'s picking, there are several cuts featuring him (as well as a few other regional fingerpickers) on the PineCone, NC Arts Council CD, Goin' Down to Raleigh, String band Music in the NC PIedmont.
A. C. was brilliant, but his playing is in the same 2 finger-o-t 3 finger family of banjo styles that was dominant in this region between 1890-1970 or so. He never heard clawhammer growing up ("we didn't have it") until the 1970s when then-young people of my generation started going to some of the house parties he attended. He of course would have heard indigenous clawhammer had he gone to the Galax Fiddlers Convention, but he never got up there. And by the time he was going to Mt. Airy regularly (late 70s-2000), old-time banjo was nearly all clawhammer (except him & Will Keys). He never played in the old-time banjo contest because he knew he'd be disqualified because of his picks. (Had he been living, Kirk McGee would have been too!)

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