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Last Wisps of the Old Ways: North Carolina Mountain Singing
Death Is Not The End
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November 5, 2021

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Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Bolakins Mrs. Nicola "Aunt Nicky" Pritchard (Turbyfill) 2:09 Buy
  2. 2 Sourwood Mountain Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill 1:44 Buy

    Sourwood Mountain

  3. 3 "Hold Up Your Hand Old Joshua!" She Cried Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill 5:47 Buy

    "Hold Up Your Hand Old Joshua!" She Cried

  4. 4 The Royal Band (The Texas Rangers) Mrs. Sabra Bare Hampton 1:55 Buy

    The Royal Band (The Texas Rangers)

  5. 5 Joshuay Frank Proffitt 2:08 Buy
  6. 6 Poor Ellen Smith Charlie Glenn 3:08 Buy

    Poor Ellen Smith

  7. 7 Rowan County (The Roane Cty. Crew) Mrs. Lloyd Bare Hagie 3:07 Buy

    Rowan County (The Roane Cty. Crew)

  8. 8 Black Jack Davy Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill & Mrs. Lloyd Bare Hagie 2:13 Buy

    Black Jack Davy

  9. 9 Rose Conlee Shirley Glenn 2:18 Buy
  10. 10 Frankie & Johnny Mrs. Nicola "Aunt Nicky" Pritchard (Turbyfill) 3:18 Buy

    Frankie & Johnny

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Track List

On "Last Wisps of the Old Ways" folklorist Derek Piotr pulls together mountain songs from North Carolina recorded across nearly a century. Child ballads, local murder songs, banjo and dulcimer pieces sit alongide tape transfers & close harmony singing. The star of the compilation, Mrs. Lena Bare Turbyfill, could have been another Texas Gladden in her own right, but dozens of recordings of herself and her family made in 1939 remained on a shelf in The Library of Congress, until they were unearthed and curated by Derek Piotr. Mrs. Turbyfill's daughter Nicky also makes a notable appearance here.

Track 1 recorded by Derek Piotr in Elk Park, North Carolina, July 13, 2020.

Tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 11 and 16 recorded by Herbert Halpert in Elk Park, North Carolina, April 12, 1939.

Tracks 4 and 12 recorded by Herbert Halpert near Morganton, North Carolina, April 19, 1939.

Track 5 recorded by Frank Clyde Brown in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, July 24, 1939.

Tracks 6, 9 and 13 recorded by Derek Piotr in Banner Elk, North Carolina, July 14, 2020.

Track 10 recorded by Derek Piotr in Elk Park, North Carolina, February 8, 2021.

Tracks 14 and 15 recorded by Marshall Ward in Banner Elk, ca. 1979, transferred from analogue tape by Derek Piotr.

Curated by Derek Piotr.

Photograph of Mrs. Nicola "Aunt Nicky" Pritchard (Turbyfill) by Derek Piotr.

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