Description: Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983. Jarrell (fiddle and vocal); Chester McMillian (guitar); Frank Bodie (guitar and vocal); Ray Chatfield (five-string banjo).
About the session: Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray Hicks, Nimrod Workman, Tommy Jarrell, and Raymond Fairchild, the man reputed to be the fastest banjo player in the world.
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