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ddw in windsor Songs and Tunes for Autoharp? (74* d) RE: Songs and Tunes for Autoharp? 04 May 99


Hi Harpgirl....

I don't pretend to be at your level of playing, but there are several tunes I love to do on the 'harp, almost always to good response.

Wreck of the Old 97 and The FFV are pretty standard, I think, but listeners really like Spinning Wheel and a Pop Stoneman instrumental called Stoney's Rag. I also do several old squaredance numbers, but get best reaction from The Irish Washerwoman.

BTW -- are you familiar with a harp player from the Tidewater area of VA named Brian Bowers? He used to perform at a bluegrass festival I was involved with and I always felt sorry for the five-piece band that had to follow him. He wore thin after a while because he did the same songs over and over, but if he ever got into a recording studio and put any of them down they would be worth listening to. I did find one album by him in a thrift store, but when I got it home it was grossly overproduced and I think I only listened to it once. If he did anything before they were willing to spend that much money on production, there might be something good out there.

Cheers, ddw


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