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Masters of Old Time Country Autoharp
Various Artists
Masters of Old Time Country Autoharp
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical
 
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The Autoharp, invented in the 1870s, a fad in the 1890s, became a virtuoso instrument among these and a few other players in the early to mid 20th century. Spirited breakdowns, sentimental and gospel songs — some played as...  more »

     
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Masters of Old Time Country Autoharp
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 4/25/2006
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Traditional Folk, North America, Appalachian, Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093074011522, 093074011522

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The Autoharp, invented in the 1870s, a fad in the 1890s, became a virtuoso instrument among these and a few other players in the early to mid 20th century. Spirited breakdowns, sentimental and gospel songs — some played as instrumentals — and even a bluegrass song are presented here in this re-release of the only documentary of traditional Southern Autoharp players. Includes 14 previously unissued tracks. Recorded, edited and annotated by Mike Seeger. Song notes by Charles Wolfe. 30+ page booklet, 38 incredible tracks! 72 minutes of music!

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CD Reviews

Great Old-Time Music
Jesper Deleuran | Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe | 11/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Those of us who love the old-time country music, have heard loads of records with fiddle, banjo and mandolin, all wonderfull instruments. What is more rare is to hear a CD with the wonderfull autoharp as the main, and lead instrument. This CD is a great opportunity to hear how the instrument was treated by the, mostly self-tought, old time musicians. I especially enjoyed listening to Kilby Snow, who has his very own special way to play the harp.
I think anybody who have had the pleasure of playing the harpe, could benefit from listening to these skilled old masters.
It is highly recomendable. I give it 5 stars. Not because it is the best CD ever made, but because it is the best I've heard with the Old-Time Country Autoharp as the main theme."