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Bearheart Origins: Wild Rose of the Mountain (Si Kahn)^^^ (50) RE: Origins: Wild Rose of the Mountain (Si Kahn)^^^ 17 Apr 16

J.P.'s and Annadeene's album "Wild Rose of the Mountain" has been re-issued on CD with additional tunes (with their daughter). My dad bought the original album when it first came out (1974), so I listened to it a lot in my 20s. Dad found the CD online recently and gave me and several other family members copies for Christmas this past year. Dad met J.P. when he (Dad) instigated the revival of the state fiddler's contest at the Parade of the Hills in Nelsonville, Ohio in the early 1970s. At the time the organizers couldn't find anyone to organize it. Dad pulled the contest together and got it up and running again. For that first contest he was trying to find Ohio fiddlers to compete, and ended up inviting fiddlers from KY and WV as well, just to swell the numbers. (Wilson Douglas was another of the really great old time fiddlers, from WV, who competed there).
The liner notes (which give extensive info on the 32 fiddle tunes that are included)are written by J. P., Guthrie Meade and Mark Wilson (Meade and Wilson produced the original album). J.P. credits the composer and tells an interesting story about it.
I highly recommend the album to anyone with an interest in old time fiddle tunes.
I don't know if it is happening again this year, but here is a link to the festival Annadeene started in 1971 (it was originally a family reunion), which my family often attended. My dad is 86 now and gave up camping a couple of decades ago, and J.P. passed in 2011 (Annadeene pre-deceased him), but the festival continued. There is a link to a lovely tribute to him on the site as well.

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