Old Time Music From the South Carolina Midlands

In the fall of 2010 in the Columbia, South Carolina area, old time musicians Harrison Croft and Tyson Graham were looking for other folks to play old time music with locally. Ashley Carder, who had been on the old time music scene in the early 1980s, was introduced to Harrison and Tyson by a mutual friend, Bibi Freer. Around the same time, Ashley met fiddler Kristen Harris, who had just moved to Columbia from the west coast. They all got together and started a successful old time jam at a local coffee shop. The four started an old time string band, Old Growth, and began playing shows around the Columbia area. They were soon joined by fiddler and dancer Julie Chiles.

In early 2011, the band recorded some songs during a few sessions at the homes of Harrison, Tyson, and Ashley. This CD is the result of those sessions. By late 2011 the band has dissolved because band members had other commitments or had to move away from the Columbia area. This CD preserves the music of Old Growth, one of the finest little old time bands ever to come out of the state of South Carolina.

In the years following the recording of this CD, Kristen Harris became the 2013 South Carolina State Fiddling Champion and Ashley Carder received the 2012 South Carolina Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for preserving South Carolina's fiddling traditions.

  1. Black Eyed Susie
  2. Bluemont Waltz
  3. Five Miles From Town
  4. Big Eyed Rabbit
  5. Hoss and Hoss
  6. Hangman's Reel
  7. Bear Creek Blues
  8. Twin Sisters
  9. Ol' Bob
  10. Red Rocking Chair
  11. Old Yellow Dog
  12. Rhubarb
  13. Cumberland Gap
  14. Whiskey Before Whiskey Before Breakfast
  15. Spotted Pony
  16. Durang's Hornpipe
  17. Ways of the World

The CD is available for $12 plus shipping and handling.

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