16 January 2015

New major book from Ken Perlman

Thanks to Ken Perlman (USA), maestro of 'melodic clawhammer' banjo, for his latest quarterly newsletter, which includes news that a major publication is now imminent. Ken has already had published the magisterial 400-tune collection The fiddle music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic and Acadian tunes in living tradition, followed by a two-CD set of field recordings from PEI on the Rounder label.

His book Couldn’t have a wedding without the fiddler: the story of traditional fiddling on Prince Edward Island is now scheduled for publication in March 2015 by the University of Tennessee Press as the inaugural volume in its Charles Wolfe series. A pre-publication reviewer describes it as 'the most thorough and comprehensive exploration of any fiddling tradition anywhere'. Have a look at the corresponding website, which at present is just an introduction to the resource that it will be. Ken also writes:

Fiddler Alan Jabbour and I have recently finished work on a new joint CD called You can't beat the classics. We are joined on this project by Alan's old friend, guitarist Jim Watson, who was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers and currently plays bass with Robin & Linda Williams. The CD focuses on tunes that Alan collected way back and has played for years, but has never had a chance to record. The project is going through pre-production right now and we expect that copies will be available shortly.

All this and much more news can be seen on Ken's newly refurbished website.

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