Florida’s Tune

Thanks to Kerry Blech for providing the content below, excerpted from FSFA’s quarterly newsletter, The Florida Fiddler.

“Sharon” was recorded by Russell “Tiny” Wise (better known, later, as Robert Russell “Chubby” Wise) in 1936 (AFS 3310), Madison, Florida

“Shear ‘Em” was recorded by Bob Hall on fiddle with accompaniment (AFS 3897-A2) in Kenansville, Osceola County, Florida in 1940.

“Share ‘Em” was recorded by fiddler Arthur “Cush” Holston in 1962 in Otter Creek, Florida, accompanied and recorded by Marty Schuman.

“Share ‘Em” was recorded commercially (Okeh 45256) in 1928 by the  Scottdale String Band, who hailed from the Atlanta neighborhood of Scottdale.

“Shear the Sheep, Bobbie” was recorded also in 1928 by the Gatwood Dance Band.  No information is known about this band other than this was recorded in New Orleans.

“Julianne Flanigan”, fiddled here by North Georgian Lowe Stokes, is excerpted from a 1928 skit recording (Paramount 3105), “Barn Dance on the Mountain, Part 2” as by The Lookout Mountain Revelers

“Cotton Baggin’” was recorded by Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers (Co 15404) in 1929 with three fiddlers: Lowe Stokes, Gid Tanner, and Lowe Stokes.

“Old Sharon” was fiddled by Harry “Tink” Queer of Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (AFS 3058-A) for the Archive of Folk Song, Library of Congress in 1936 by Sydney Robertson.

“Possum and Racoon” was sung and fiddled by Enos Canoy in 1939 in Simpson County, Mississippi (AFS 3053-A1) by collector Herbert Halpert.

“Share Around Ladies” was recorded by Walter Raleigh Babson on fiddle in the 1970s or 80s on the North Carolina shore, in Wrightsville Beach.

Unnamed (“Share Around Ladies”), undated, features Kahle Brewer on fiddle and Wade Ward on banjo, presumably near Brewer’s home in Galax, Virginia or Ward’s home near Independence, VA.


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