Persinger, Tharp, Hawthorne, and Hartford - a home recording from 1961.
Excited as can be about this recording from 1961 featuring some of the BIG names in old-time fiddling. This recording has been copied, dubbed down, and passed around mid-Missouri for almost sixty years.
March 29th, 1961. Cleo Persinger and his wife, Lillian hosted a monumental jam session at their home in Midway, Missouri that was attended by famous WOS radio fiddler, Ed Tharp, master guitarist, Marvin Hawthorne, and a young John Hartford.
"John Hartford recorded a session in 1961 at Cleo Persinger's house near Columbia. Hartford played his Gibson Mastertone five-string banjo and his friend Marvin Hawthorne played guitar. Hartford for several years had been making periodic trips from his home in St. Louis to visit and record old-time fiddlers such as Walter Alexander, Gene Goforth, Persinger, and Tharp, taping them with his "schoolhouse Wollensak" recorder. Hartford felt that many fiddlers were uncomfortable being tape-recorded and years later estimated that typically they were playing at 60 percent of their capacities."
".... Ed Tharp's "Liverpool Hornpipe" is a powerful, smooth version he had polished as a youngster around 1900, and fiddlers learned his version... Tharp played a masterful rendition of "The Charlie Cook B-Flat Waltz," attributed to western Boone County fiddler Charlie Cook."
I wish I had more to ramble on about this, but the recording really speaks for itself.
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