A delightfully almost-danceable crooked Kentucky tune that repeats across the whole fiddle range.
William Hamilton Stepp (1845-1947) recorded the tune in 1937 for the Library of Congress – the last of the Kentucky fiddlers to be captured on disc machine by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax during their Kentucky song-collecting expedition. ‘Fiddler Bill’ Stepp was a close friend of fiddler John Salyer (see ‘Last of Harris’, 22 May 2015).
Andy’s teaching video for the 2014 Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. Standard tuning GDAE.
Andy notes: ‘As played by William Hamilton Stepp for the Library of Congress in 1937.’
(‘William Stepp’s Silver Strands – Andy FitzGibbon’ YouTube video, 2.55. Posted by Andrew Fitzgibbon, 4 Oct 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTwmXpKrBbk)
Andy Fitzgibbon plays with the Iron Leg Boys, and is part of the New Young Fogies project co-run by Anna Roberts-Gevalt (of Anna & Elizabeth: see ‘Billy in the Lowground’ 7 May 2015)
2 responses to “Silver Strands”
Interesting you should pick that up – Fiddler Bill had quite a history!
Your historic pictures and footage that represent the music are a story in themselves. His is a ‘sitting musician’ but his stare says otherwise!.
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