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Fiddlin’ Powers & Family


Located in St. Paul, Virginia, USA, the music group had a keen following within their locality. Luckily for present-day desire for early American folk music, the music group was monitored down by record organization scouts and was documented in 1924, evidently in NEW YORK, for the Victor Speaking Machine Organization. The music group was led by fiddler Cowan Capabilities (b. 3 Oct 1877, Russell Region, Virginia, USA, d. USA) and included his daughters, Ada, Orpha and Carrie, and child Charlie. Girls played mandolin, acoustic guitar and ukulele, while Charlie performed fiddle. (An image from the music group included another man holding a acoustic guitar.) The type of impact in folk and older time nation music could be discerned from the actual fact that Charlie later on played within the music group of Dock Boggs and offered songs such as for example ‘Papa Build Me A Motorboat’, from where it had been handed down to the present generation of music artists. Among the Power Family’s successful information, a particular most liked was ‘Aged Virginia Reel’, which, unusually for this period of documenting, runs for a few six minutes and therefore occupied two edges of the 78. The urgency and get of the piece is so that it could be the most regularly reissued from the music group’s recordings. Among various other pieces the music group documented are ‘Callahan’s Reel’, ‘Patty OVER THE Turnpike’, ‘Possess You Ever Seen The Devil, Uncle Joe?’ and ‘Aged Molly Hare’.

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Music Songs Ida Red, Old Virginia Reel, Part 1, Cluck Old Hen, Old Virginia Reel, Part 2, Old Molly Hair, Sugar in the Gourd, Cripple Creek

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