The Hayslett Collection - A Musical Tribute is an exciting CD of classical, old-time and contemporary music performed by 18 of West Virginia’s finest musicians on stringed instruments made by Harold Hayslett of South Charleston, WV. The CD was produced and engineered by Bob Webb and Heidi Muller. It was released in time to celebrate Mr. Hayslett’s 90th birthday with a special concert at the West Virginia State Cultural Center, and proceeds benefitted the Music Mentors program in Charleston, WV.
The CD features these outstanding musicians from the southern WV old-time music community, folk scene and WV Symphony: Jenny Allinder, Barb Kuhns, Linda Scutt, Greg Bentle, Dave Bing, Amelia Chan, Luigi Peracchio, Sandra Groce, Andrea Di Gregorio, Cathy Grant, Kim Graham, Dean Pauley, Darrell Murray, Dan Boyer, John Lilly, Arie Lipsky and the New Arts Trio, Bobby Taylor, Andrew Dunlap, Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.
Harold Hayslett is a true West Virginia master, still making instruments at age 95, who has provided both local musicians and professionals around the world with quality musical instruments for the last 40 years. Born and raised in Putnam County, WV, he made his first violin at age 14. He served in France in World War II and worked for 33 years as a pipefitter at Union Carbide. He continued to learn the craft of violinmaking throughout his life, and upon retirement devoted his energies to making instruments fulltime, resulting in 80 violins, 63 cellos, 13 violas, five bows, one bass, one mandolin, and one electric cello as of the making of this CD. One of Mr. Hayslett's cellos won the Violin Society’s Gold Medal for tone in their international competition in 1980. He also carved a new archtop for a vintage F-hole guitar that a friend of his had found broken in the trash.
That one-of-a-kind guitar makes its debut on The Hayslett Collection CD, played by Americana songwriter John Lilly (www.johnlillymusic.com). Eight of Mr. Hayslett’s violins, three of his violas and six cellos are among the instruments played by the musicians mentioned above. This recording is a rare opportunity to hear such a wide range of Mr. Hayslett’s instruments at one time, including the mandolin and electric cello.
For further information about this CD, or other recordings by Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, please visit www.heidimuller.com.