Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler | Starry Crown

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Starry Crown

by Rhys Jones & Christina Wheeler

Great old-time music with lovely twin fiddling & duet vocals with occasional guitar and banjo.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. The Rebel's Raid
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2. Johnny Bucker
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3. Plowboy Hop
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4. Jim Shank
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5. Jack of Diamonds
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6. Lazy Kate
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7. Happy One-Step
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8. Rake and Rambling Boy
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9. Grub Springs
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10. Gypsy Dance
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11. Hog-eyed Man
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12. Oak Ridge Stomp
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13. Chased Old Satan
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14. Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night
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Album Notes
This is Rhys Jones' third CD on Vigortone and the first with his musical partner and wife, Christina Wheeler. They cover a lot of territory here, songs learned from old hillbilly 78s, timeless fiddle pieces gleaned from from LoC field recordings, songs and tunes learned from friends. All played brilliantly especially those breathtaking fiddle duets.

"Although everything on this disc is beautifully played, the real features here are the 9 twin fiddle duets by Jones & Ms. Wheeler that range from W.E. Claunch’s GRUB SPRINGS to a knockout version of the Cajun HAPPY ONE-STEP that is eerily similar to the classic original by Dennis McGee and Sady Courville. The list of sources for the tunes on this disc reads like a Fiddler’s hall of fame: William Stepp, Hiram Stamper, Marcus Martin, W.E. Claunch, as well as some great bands from the early 1930s: The Grinnell Giggers, Leake County Revelers and the Woodie Brothers. To their credit Wheeler & Jones avoid slavish imitation and play these classic tunes with skill and verve. The combination of great tunes and superb musicianship make this CD just about a “must” for old-time fiddle fans." (County Sales Newsletter)


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Samuel Amidon

this album is a masterpiece. please buy it right now because it is so good.

Fiddler from Pacific Northwest

Terrific CD
I bought this to give to a friend but haven't been able to give it away yet. So many wonderful tunes, played so cleanly and honestly and beautifully. The harmonies in the twin fiddle pieces are lovely. There's lots to enjoy and learn here. (PS I first heard it on KBCS -- the DJ played "Jim Shank" and started raving about both the tune and the CD.)


If you're a fan of Old-Time, this is a must own. Beautiful twin fiddle, nice singing/harmonies and excellent song selection. GIT IT!