Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,787 posts

Yes I have that book too Stephen- it's a great book with lots of descriptive background.  




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Stephen Addison
Stephen Addison
@stephen-addison
3 years ago
9 posts

I have a great book by Almeda Riddle.  It's called 

A Singer and Her Songs; Almeda Riddle's Book of Ballads

There are currently several copies on Amazon.com at good prices.  

Banjimer
Banjimer
@greg-gunner
3 years ago
113 posts

Here’s what I could find on the internet with a quick search.  The links below all seem to point to the same Starr Mitchell you see on the Almeda Riddle You-Tube Video.  You may have to copy and paste these links into your browser to get them to work.

 

A1997 letter to the editor of Dulcimer Players Newsletter :

https://issuu.com/dulcimerplayersnewsinc/docs/120823175704-df406671dca8494abca0a058a469091b/4

A 2001 CD titled Arkansas Original , Tune # 6 “Lark in the Morning” with Starr Mitchell Playing Hammered dulcimer

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Arkansas-Original/release/1943150

Starr Mitchell’s Linked-In Page.  She’s the Education Director of the Historic Arkansas Museum. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/starr-mitchell-43baa124/

Starr Mitchell’s Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/starr.mitchell.1


updated by @greg-gunner: 06/21/17 09:20:39PM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 years ago
1,045 posts

You're right, Ken, I would've loved it!  She seems to have been one of those people was was just herself, no pretense.  (Almeda's telling of how her little sister's death effected her was most moving.)  Her singing cut through to the bone in a good way.  




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom
@ken-bloom
3 years ago
14 posts

Hey Robin,  I wish you could have experienced Almeda live. You would have loved it. Getting to know her just a little bit was a wonderful and expanding experience for an upper middle class kid from the big city.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 years ago
1,045 posts

I got to public wi-fi and watched this today-- and I'm so glad I was able to do so!  Some of the stylistic features of Mrs Riddle's singing were common in small "holiness" and rural churches, I think, even in my childhood years of the '60's.  And there were handkerchief wavers there, too. :)




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!

updated by @robin-thompson: 06/16/17 08:40:46AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,787 posts

Oh wow Ken, I love envisioning the handkerchief now when i think of Almeda!

(nowadays, people constantly have their cell phone in hand instead... what a pity)




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom
@ken-bloom
3 years ago
14 posts

Lisa,

Almeda was a total hoot as a person. A great sense of humour. You would have really enjoyed spending time with her and of course her singing was wonderful. She always held the end of a handkerchef in her hand and waved it back and forth as she sang. It all transported you to another place. I pictured scenes described by Sharpe and Karples while she sang. It was a wonderful experience.

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
3 years ago
162 posts

I have a dear friend that used to sing in the Mormon TAB. Choir and she said that a woman's voice doesn't reach it's peak in singing quality until after 40.  aloha, irene

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,787 posts

Ken, you lucky fellow!   Many are the hours I have listened to Almeda's wonderful recordings.  The more one listens, the more rich and skilled her singing sounds.  So lucky we have them for others in the future!  I wish there had been recordings of her singing when she was say in her 40s-  what a marvel!




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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updated by @strumelia: 06/13/17 12:02:44AM
Ken Bloom
Ken Bloom
@ken-bloom
3 years ago
14 posts

 I had the great pleasure of  spending a little time with Almeda Riddle during a period betweeen 1964 and 1974. She was so sharp and had a great wit. I loved her singing and her memory was nothing short of phenominal. I still miss her.

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
3 years ago
445 posts

Thank you everyone.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I sure did, but my roots are in that area, so I'm prejudiced, I'm sure.  Sean, I'm not on facebook so I can't contact her through that.  I was interested because she (in the little bit she played) seemed like a very good player on what looks like a Bonnie Carol dulcimer.  grin

 

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
3 years ago
162 posts

I loved this whole little movie....thank you soooooooooo much for posting it.  aloha, irene

Sean Ruprecht-Belt
Sean Ruprecht-Belt
@sean-belt
3 years ago
36 posts

Rob, I don't know anything about Ms. Mitchell, but it looks like she does have a Facebook page. Maybe you could contact her through that.

John Shaw
John Shaw
@john-shaw
3 years ago
59 posts

Great film, Rob.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention! 

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
3 years ago
139 posts

Great little film, Rob! Thanks for sharing. 

 

Steven

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
3 years ago
445 posts

Found this film of Granny Riddle with Starr Mitchell playing dulcimer with her.  I'm sure I'm prejudiced, but Almeda represents the best of the ballad singer tradition in the US.  

Almeda Riddle: Now Let's Talk About Singing

Anyone know anything about Starr Mitchell today?  

 

 


updated by @rob-n-lackey: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM