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Albemarle Ramblers - Gentlemen From Virginia

Albemarle Ramblers - Gentlemen From Virginia

Merriweather Records
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Pete Vigour on fiddle and Dick Harrington on guitar are both from Virginia. Pete is known for the band Uncle Henry’s Favorites, among others. Dick recorded recently in Troublesome Creek. Arnie Naiman on banjo hails from Ontario where he plays in the band Ragged But Right.

They open with a medley of the West Virginia fiddle tune “Yew Piney Mountain” and Kentucky banjo player John Hammond’s song “My Mama Always Talked To Me” with Dick singing lead. Arnie leads on Uncle Dave Macon’s “From Earth To Heaven,” which features two banjos, Arnie on clawhammer, and Pete on twofinger-style. Two more are from Uncle Dave—“Way Down On The Old Plank Road” and “On The Dixie Bee Line.” Pete sings lead on “BlackEyed Susie.” The title cut is a fiddle tune from Tommy Hunter. There are two other cuts with no singing, a medley of an uncommon “Lady Of The Lake,” “Haning’s Farewell,” and “Falls Of Richmond,” and Arnie’s original “Walking The Dog.” “Wild Hog In The Woods” and “Lonesome Homesick Blues” are familiar songs done nicely here. “Glendy Burke” is a Stephen Foster song. “Home In That Rock” is an AfricanAmerican hymn. “Reuben’s Train” was learned from fellow Virginian and ace fiddler, Mark Campbell.

The Albemarle Ramblers is a tight oldtime stringband with strong arrangements, impeccable playing and singing, and an interesting collection of songs and tunes. Their CD is enjoyable listening and comes highly-recommended. (Pete Vigour, 3131 Sugar Hill Ln., Crozet, VA 22932, www.albemarleramblers.com.) SAG