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Clifftop question re the festival in the early 1990s

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Jul 16, 2020 - 12:45:08 PM
92 posts since 6/26/2007

Hello, FHO Citizens.

I'm working in the personal archive of an old time musician and I've come across pieces of what appears to be a collection of contemporary fiddlers' festival favorites notated from recordings made at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, in the early 1990s.

The collection of fiddle tune music, in standard notation, include tunes such as

- "YZ Hamilton's Special Breakdown" and "Climb The Golden Stairs" (ascribed to "Carl Jones, Clifftop, Tape 2")

- "Georgia Horseshoe" ("from Jim Cauthen"),

- "Brasstown" (Scott Mathius) and

- "Boogerman" (Manco Snead).

Another sheet in standard notation refers to a Clifftop 1991 tape - that could be Tape 1 - and yet a third piece of fiddle music refers to a Clifftop 1992" product.

Does anyone out there in BHO-Land have a recollection of such tapes, or perhaps a book of fiddle tunes, developed (perhaps informally) from music recorded at Clifftop?



Jul 16, 2020 - 2:27:50 PM

4834 posts since 9/26/2008


Must be a Freudian slip. smiley

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Good luck with your search. 

How did you obtain this mystery notation? 

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:35:56 PM
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92 posts since 6/26/2007

Yeah, that's what happens when I type my own stuff . . .

It came to me in a stack of files, the basis for research work intended to produce a book.

The detective work is part of the fun. Take care,


Jul 18, 2020 - 7:04:03 AM



2700 posts since 6/26/2007

Not familiar with those exact tapes but I have hours of Clifftop recordings. There is a fellow named Vernon who has done countless hours of taping over the past several decades. He keeps notes, but I only know him from his mic hanging over head in many jams. I learned "Climb The Golden Stairs" from an older fiddler who died long before the first Clifftop. Don't hear that one much anymore.

Jul 18, 2020 - 7:21:31 AM

92 posts since 6/26/2007

Thanks, Bob. Hope you're doing well.

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