Tommy Jarrell, Volume 2 – FRC212


Tommy Jarrell playing with Mike Seeger and Paul Brown at Pinewoods Camp, MA in 1984.

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From the collection of Jerry Epstein – With Paul Brown and Mike Seeger

Tommy Jarrell, at the time the oldest living carrier of North Carolina’s powerful Round Peak music tradition, rode with me all the way to Massachusetts in the summer of 1984 to stay a week at Pinewoods Camp. There an annual American traditional music and dance week was sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society of America. Tommy loved to travel and meet people. But at age 83, he was at first a little hesitant about a two-day journey into New England, and a week-long stay in a place with food and traditions he could only imagine would be very different from those of his longtime Surry County home. When I told him he could live in an old house in the woods at camp, where he could cook as much of his own food as he wanted and keep his own schedule, he said he’d go. We packed fiddles and banjos, and also pinto beans, fatback, country ham and corn meal, into the car for the long ride. Tommy held no formal classes. Instead, he sat out on the porch of the old house each day, often with Mike Seeger and me, playing his fiddle, clawhammering the occasional banjo tune, and reeling out his great yarns to a devoted group of campers. He played in a couple of concerts and dances. And he did sometimes walk over to the camp dining hall. Here, in Volume 2 of this FRC set, you’ll hear more of Tommy’s classics including great performances of “Forked Deer”, “Polly Put the Kettle On”, and “God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign”. Tommy, Mike and I were closest to Jerry Epstein’s microphones. But you’ll hear others as well from time to time, including Jackie Spector on banjo. – Paul Brown

Additional Notes: Tommy Jarrell and Tommy Jarrell at Pinewoods Camp

Track List

FRC212 – Tommy Jarrell, Volume 2

  1. Joke on the Puppy (2:17)
  2. Forked Deer (1:59)
  3. Back Step Cindy (mouth harp) (1:51)
  4. Tempy (4:33)
  5. Soldiers Joy (1:54)
  6. Rochester Schottische (2:08)
  7. Arkansas Traveler (0:47)
  8. Fortune (2:39)
  9. Old Time Back Step Cindy (1:52)
  10. Bravest Cowboy (2:18)
  11. Old Time Sally Ann (3:37)
  12. Polly Put the Kettle on (1:54)
  13. Mississippi Sawyer (2:08)
  14. God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign (4:57)
  15. Train on the Island (2:49)
  16. Let Me Fall (3:22)
  17. Greasy String (2:32)
  18. Little Maggie (4:53)
  19. Old Bunch of Keys (1:50)
  20. John Henry (2:16)
  21. Ground Hog (3:11)
  22. What We Gonna Do with the Baby-O (2:13)
  23. Breaking Up Christmas (3:08)
  24. Sourwood Mountain (0:29)
  25. When Sorrows Encompass Me Round (3:20)
  26. Chilly Winds (2:48)
  27. Stay All Night (2:40)
  28. Reuben (5:35)
  29. Boll Weevil (2:04)