Doug Wallin was a ballad singer and fiddler from Madison Region, NC, a location with longstanding ballad and instrumental customs. Both of Wallin’s parents, dad Lee and mom Berzilla, were performers; Lee also performed the fiddle and banjo and Doug’s more youthful brother Jack takes on banjo, fiddle, and acoustic guitar. Doug’s music selection and design respectfully shown the Wallins’ lengthy family history. His performing was unusually processed, characteristically rendered with subtlety, accuracy, and a peaceful passion. His considerable repertoire contains centuries-old ballads and tunes, many of English ancestry, which he discovered from users of his family members and hill community; he especially favored lyrical like ballads, which he sang without instrumental accompaniment. Wallin frequently played the melody of the ballad in the fiddle before performing what, or added a fiddled refrain between verses. Like his performing, his fiddling was simple and old-timey, emphasizing the easy beauty of every song’s melody. In 1990, Wallin received a Traditions Fellowship in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts; he was also the receiver of a NEW YORK Heritage Award for his adoring preservation of traditional music. Although shows by Wallin made an appearance in the Folkways record Dillard Chandler: THE FINISH of a vintage Melody and on several privately released cassettes, his music didn’t become widely available before 1995 discharge of Smithsonian-Folkways’ Family members Songs and Tales from the NEW YORK Mountains, a Compact disc of field recordings which also features Doug’s sibling Jack port on three monitors. Doug Wallin passed away on March 15, 2000, at 80 yrs . old.
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