Merna Lewis – Fiddlin’ Favorites (Re-release)

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Merna Lewis – Fiddlin’ Favorites (Re-release)

This one was actually recorded back in 2020 when Merna Lewis was only twelve. Its re-release is being done with a purpose: crowdfunding the new project!
Merna Lewis - Fiddlin’ Favorites (Re-release)
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The CD proves Ms. Lewis to have already been an accomplished double hokum fiddler. Happily she and her family band chose to step before the microphones of Don Richmond’s Howlin’ Dog Studios in Alamosa, Colorado. They benefited from his savvy production which captured the best of what they had to offer. And there’s nothing cliché about the collection of tunes assembled. Some you might expect (“Westphalia Waltz,” ” Redwing,” “Orange Blossom Special” and so on) are here, to be sure.
But there are nice discoveries to be made, including “Pig Ankle Rag,” “Cincinatti Rag/Ostinelli Hornpipe,” “Star Of The County Down” and others. It’s all geared to get feet moving and faces smiling.
There are some wonderful young fiddlers in the IWMA’s Youth Chapter. If you pick this one up, you’ll have one in your hands! Eleven tracks, highly recommended.
– by Rick Huff


Merna Lewis – Fiddlin’ Favorites (Re-release)

Track list

1 Durang’s Hornpipe
2 Pig Ankle Rag
3 In the Mood
4 Westphalia Waltz
5 Bear Creek Hop (Buffalo Gals)
6 Back up and Push
7 Star of the County Down
8 Cincinnati Hornpipe (Ostinelli Hornpipe)
9 Redwing
10 Orange Blossom Special
11 Amazing Grace


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