MARCUS MARTIN 'When I Get My New House Done'

MARCUS MARTIN 'When I Get My New House Done'

  • $15.00


We have often heard references to Martin as a wonderful fiddler of legendary status, but until now there has been almost nothing on the market to back this up. Mr. Martin never made any commercial recordings, but happily he did put a number of tunes down on home type recordings for several folklorist/collectors such as Alan Lomax, Margot Mayo, Artus Moser and one Jan Schinhan. These now abide in the Southern Folklife collection in North Carolina, and editor Wayne Martin has done a great job in putting this impressive album together (he has also written a brief biography and notes on all of the 26 tunes). This is some fine fiddling here (Mr. Martin also plays a few banjo tunes and sings a couple of old ballads). Martin, who was from western North Carolina, plays these tunes without accompaniment, in a number of different tunings. It appears that most of these field recordings were made in the 1945-1950 period, and it’s unfortunate that Martin had essentially stopped playing by the time the old time music revival got into full swing (he died in 1974 at the age of 92), otherwise he surely would have been a hero to many young old-time aficionados. We’re lucky to be able to hear a great rural musician play such tunes as COUSIN SALLY BROWN, BED OF PRTIMROSES, BOATSMAN, DADDY BOWBACK, CITICO, POSSUM UP A GUM STUMP, LADY HAMILTON, CUMBERLAND GAP, etc—the sound quality is pretty good considering the source of the material

Track Listing:

  • DADDY BOWBACK
  • SALLY GOODIN
  • WHEN I GET MY NEW HOUSE DONE
  • WOUNDED HOOSIER
  • GRAY EAGLE
  • SANDY RIVER
  • CUMBERLAND GAP
  • LADY HAMILTON
  • SNOWBIRD
  • POSSUM UP A GUM STUMP
  • COTTON-EYED JOE
  • POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON
  • CALICO
  • BOOTH
  • OLD JOE CLARK
  • CRIPPLE CREEK
  • JENNY RUN AWAY IN THE MUD IN THE NIGHT
  • CITICO
  • JOHN HENRY
  • COUSIN SALLY BROWN
  • BOATSMAN
  • WALKING ON THE WATER
  • BED OF PRIMROSES
  • KISS ME SWEET
  • HOW THE SQUIRE COURTED NANCY