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Various Artists - Boshamengro: English Gypsy Musicians
This CD features a fiddler - Harry Lee - from whom only two tunes will have ever been heard by about 99.9% of our readers! But I guess that almost all will have heard those two tunes on the LP Boscastle Breakdown. We are very pleased to be able to present Harry's complete recorded repertoire of 18 tunes, here for the first time. Also a fiddler and box player you've probably never even heard of, Vanslow Smith was an amazing musician, who used ALL the available accidentals on his pokerwork melodeon, and played some very jazzy skeleton fiddle through an amplifier ... at the age of 82! There are 11 tracks of his playing here. Also included are 9 tracks from Lemmie Brazil (melodeon), plus one track each from: Jasper and Levi Smith (mouthorgan & tambourine); Jasper and Darby Smith (mouthorgan & guitar); Joe Dozer Smith (diddling); Mary Biddle (diddling); Walter Aldridge (mouthorgan); and John Locke (fiddle) playing his Hornpipe, from the cylinder recording!
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