Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sally Johnson on Clark's Fiddle

Few events in the history of old-time music can match the excitement that there was when the legendary Clark Kessinger appeared at a fiddler’s contest in 1966, over 30 years after making some wonderful 78 rpm recordings and then effectively disappearing from the scene. Amazingly, the master musician was still every bit as good as his early recordings would indicate, both as fiddler and entertainer. In a few short years Clark Kessinger—then in his early 70’s—won contests at Dublin, VA, Galax, and Union Grove, NC, appeared on the Today Show, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, with Flatt & Scruggs on the Opry, and numerous other high-profile events, and recorded four fine fiddle albums.
In this clip Clark Kessinger plays "Sally Johnson" (a Texas Style Old Time Fiddle tune) at the Newport Festival

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