Elmer Rich is a very competitive contest fiddler and tends to pull out his flashiest pieces for contests and at festival performances. But the tunes he learned in his youth from his father and his uncle Sanford have always remained favorites in his repertoire. This project started from Tom Gibson’s and my desire to have a record of these interesting tunes we’d sometimes hear Elmer play. The tunes presented here include some of the more unusual pieces that Elmer learned from the playing of his father and his Uncle Sanford, plus a sampling of the standard fiddle tunes that were played by his family. I’ve noted tunes that Elmer particularly relates to either his father or uncle, but in general Elmer thinks that most of the less common tunes came into the family via his Uncle Sanford. We’ve also included 4 tracks of Sanford Rich and members of the Rich family (including 16-year-old Elmer) that were recorded by Charles Seeger in Arthurdale, West Virginia, in 1936.
AHR 029 CD – $15