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Lily of the Valley

Posted by gailg64


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Size: 2,535kb, uploaded 4/18/2007 3:12:56 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tune from Galax, Virginia area fiddler Luther Davis. Alice Gerrard: fiddle; Gail: 2-finger banjo

6 comments on “Lily of the Valley”

chip arnold Says:
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 @3:50:15 PM

That's awful pretty banjo picking Gail! And that fiddler ain't half bad either! I hope you'll post more tunes.

gailg64 Says:
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 @5:06:11 PM

Thanks Chip. It took me a while to figure out how to make files into MP3s when the default of my version of iTunes seems to be MP4s (whatever that means.) If anyone else has the same problem, email me & I can walk you through it. The fiddler is Alice Gerrard & Lily of the Valley was an "out take" from the Cd Alice, Sharon, & I recorded. I have always thought it a poignant tune & it reminds me of Luther Davis, who when he was near 90 still could play this & many other beautifiul and unusual fiddle tunes. Alice lived outside Galax for about 8 years in the 70s and 80s and recorded Luther and neighbors Leone and Roscoe Parrish resulting in an LP called "The Old Time Way." It needs to be reissued. G

mainejohn Says:
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 @9:37:23 PM

Very nice! The fiddle and banjo work very well together. Thanks for sharing!

boomchucker Says:
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 @1:58:06 PM

That sounds like the real deal to me Gail! The two finger picking sounds nice with the fiddle. Great stuff. I've always loved Hazel and Alice. Wish I had neighbors like that.

Tikron Says:
Friday, July 27, 2007 @12:38:25 PM


Yes, please post more of your work. I really like this tune. It has something very special. The double notes are hard to reproduce CH style - but I found that the melody does not need to be followed exactly for the tune to work. Still, it gives me ideas about expanding my technique. [I was tinkering around with it on the mandolin and that was fun.]

Thanks, Ron 

strokestyle Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @5:33:24 PM

ScottK's right this is really fine playing!

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