"Born Old" ~ A Harvest Home Concert: Music Of Traditional Cultures 8/29/14
Friday, August 29, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"Born Old" in Concert!
Doug Van Gundy ✛ Paul Gartner
Friday, August 29th, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
A "Harvest Home Concert" ~ Music of Traditional Cultures
Harvest Home is a monthly series of concerts performed by musicians who have immersed themselves in traditional music and achieved acclaim and recognition as 'Tradition Bearers' in their respective fields. This series of Traditional Music is sponsored by George Balderose of the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming and, with much appreciation, is hosted by The Four Directions - A Center for the Arts and Healing. Please also see our other concerts in the Harvest Home Series!
Born Old is Doug Van Gundy and Paul Gartner. Doug plays fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and vocals, and Paul anchors the music on banjo, fiddle, guitar and vocals. Both are blue-ribbon winners on their respective instruments. Paul is a two-time Ohio State claw hammer banjo champion, and took first in 2003 at the WV State Folk Festival at Glenville. Doug took first place in banjo at the 2008 Randolph County Fair, and is a two-time Ohio State Fiddle Champion. For 12 years they provided the music for the dance competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival, better known as Clifftop.
Born Old has appeared on "Mountain Stage", and at Marshall University, FestivALL, Shepherd University, Fort New Salem, West Virginia University, the Vandalia Gathering, Ohio University, Pittsburgh's Emerging Legend Series, the Edinboro Arts and Music Festival, Pa, New York City, Grand Ledge, Mich., Charlotte, N.C. and at Square Dances in West Virginia from Morgantown to Charleston and Dunmore to Huntington.
"The two have been playing together since 1997, and they have learned from the best traditional musicians in West Virginia. They have taught at the Augusta Heritage Center and Allegheny Echoes workshops and have shared billing with Jimmy Webb, Mike Seeger, the Avett Brothers and other respected musicians. Playing traditional old-time music from West Virginia with occasional forays into early country music from the 78 rpm era, their shows are traditional and informative while maintaining a high level of fun."
√ Doug Van Gundy
√ Paul Gartner
Growing up in Elkins, West Virginia, Doug Van Gundy was exposed to a wide range of music through the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College. He abandoned playing rock and roll in 1993 to study fiddle with the late Mose Coffman of Greenbrier County, West Virginia through the National Endowment for the Humanities folk arts apprenticeship program of the Augusta Heritage Center. Since that time Doug has played throughout the northeast and upper Midwest with Dwight Diller, Melvin Wine, and in The Yahoes, with Paul Gartner and Pam Lund.
Doug's playing is influenced by Mr. Coffman, the Hammons Family and Central-West Virginia fiddlers Wilson Douglas, Ward Jarvis and French Carpenter, and focuses on the fiddle styles and repertoire particular to east-central West Virginia. He has taught through the Augusta Heritage Workshops on numerous occasions as well as at other workshops in New Hampshire, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York and Canada. Doug has two recordings currently available, "Born Old" with banjo player Paul Gartner, and "Two Far Gone" with fellow fiddler Jake Krack. Doug's fiddling can also be heard on albums by Dwight Diller, Peter Kosky and Glen Simpson. His music has also been featured on Swedish public television, a commercial for ABC-TV, the Outdoor Life Network, and The Crook & Chase Show on the Nashville Network. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Old Songs Festival, Hostos Community College of NYU in The Bronx, The Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, WV and The Calliope Emerging Legends Concert Series in Pittsburgh, PA, among others.Doug is also a poet and teacher who is ofen featured at Morgantown Poets. Van Gundy's poems, “Engineers” and “The Return of the Almighty", were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. His first book of poems, "A Life Above Water", was published in 2007 by Red Hen Press. The author's poems and essays have appeared in many journals including The Oxford American, Ecotone, Waccamaw, The Louisville Review and The Fretboard Journal. He has been an elephant keeper, a copywriter, a country radio disk jockey, a letterpress operator, an arts administrator and has also taught composition to inmates and college freshmen, helped high school teachers integrate writing into their classrooms, led creative writing weekends for university students and has worked with poets from age 5 to 75. He earned his M.F.A. in poetry from Goddard College. His work has been published in numerous regional literary magazines and has won prizes in both the Eve of Saint Agnes and Lullwater Review competitions. His poems have been included in the anthology "Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry".
"Doug is an intelligent, energetic, personable, talented fellow. He has many dimensions and possesses an impressive depth of knowledge about many different subjects. Most importantly, however, he plays great fiddle music and is a patient and effective teacher."
_ Dennis Kimmel, Student
Paul Garnter is from Niles, in Ohio's Mahoning Valley. He landed in Lincoln County, W.Va., in 1977. A few years later, he heard the music of fiddlers Wilson Douglas and Melvin WIne and has been playing traditional music ever since. He learned some banjo tunes from Pete Humphreys and played lots of back-up guitar with Brooks Smith, both fine older-generation musicians in the Kanawha Valley. He and his wife make their home in Tango, Lincoln County.
In the Charleston Gazette (WV). Paul editorialized the release of "Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coal Fields", A new collection of 48 classic mining songs pays tribute to the hard work and sacrifice of coal miners in the southern mountains. The two-CD set comes with a fine hardcover book with lyrics and short histories about each song or songwriter. You can hear some music on the CDs here.
The selections range from a 1908 recording of "Down in a Coal Mine" from the Edison Concert Band to "Which Side Are You On?" from Natalie Merchant. West Virginia is represented, with fine archival and modern recordings from Orville Jenks, Michael Kline, Hazel Dickens and Nimrod Workman. Jenks1940 recording of "Sprinkle Coal Dust on My Grave" comes from the Library of Congress. Jenks, a miner in McDowell County, sang at the 1936 UMW convention. A gem from early country music is "The Miner's Blues" by the Carter Family (lyrics are here). Featuring some fine, understated blues guitar from Mother Maybelle, the Carters recorded this in 1938. More well-known coal mining songs are included, with versions of "Coal Tattoo", "Sixteen Tons", "I'm a Coal Mining Man" and "Dream of a Miner's Child". Music of Coal is available from the Lone Pine Office on Youth, 219 Wood Ave. E., P.O. Box 568, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219, or on the LPOY website.
Paul is also a copy editor for the Charleston Gazette, where he also writes book reviews, features, and articles on traditional music, including an in-depth article on West Virginia's Banjo Tradition, in which he also elaborate on the "Claw Hammer" style of Banjo playing:
"Minstrel musicians played in the clawhammer or stroke style, learned from slaves. A clawhammer player plays notes with his left hand, while the right hand is held in claw fashion. The index or middle finger strikes down on the strings and the thumb pulls on the fifth (or drone) string. The thumb may also drop down and catch notes on the second string. This is called ‘‘drop thumb’’ or ‘‘double noting.’’ … Paul also wrote a wonderful article there on "Old Time Music.
He also writes about West Virginia native and South Charleston resident Harold Hayslett, a noted builder of violins and cellos. [See “Musical Wood: Violin Maker Harold Hayslett”, by Paul Gartner; Spring 2007.] A feature-length documentary film follows him the building of a cello from start to finish. We learn of Harold's understanding of wood and the woods as we search for the illusive "curly" maple tree. As the cello takes shape in his workshop, we get to know Harold and understand his Appalachian inventiveness and craftsmanship, as well as his thorough knowledge of the instruments and lore of Stradivarius. Ultimately, the cello and some of Harold's violins are taken to the rare instrument collection in the Library of Congress to see how they stand up to those of the old masters. Here are some photos of an old French fiddle that Doug Van Gundy got recently that Paul is interested in!
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