Sound reviews Marcus Martin: When I Get My New House Done, Western North Carolina Fiddle Tunes and Songs, 2007. produced by Wayne martin, beverly patterson, and Steven Weiss. biographical and tune notes by Wayne martin. notes on collectors and field recordings by Steven Weiss and Wayne martin. Southern Folklife collection, cD (1), SFc cD-100. chris goertzen University of Southern Mississippi marcus martin (18811974) was a marvelous Western north carolina traditional fiddler with a vigorous and appealing performance technique. When I Get My New House Done: Western North Carolina Fiddle Tunes and Songs, a new cD of his music, reflects the collaboration of workers from the north carolina Folklife institute and those from the Southern Folklife collection of the university of north carolina. The disc's liner notes are excellent, especially the tune annotations, which cite martin's sources, specify alternative titles, and narrate tune histories. The melodies, all recorded during the 1940s, are delightful and well-chosen, both in terms of their quality and balance within the regional repertoire. The collection could serve a variety of pedagogical purposes. The twenty-six cuts (nearly an hour of music) fall into four groups, which are based on the individual who made the original field
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: May 12, 2013
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