Cherry River Line - Lester McCumbers on fiddle & Kim Johnson on banjo

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 years ago
921 posts
Don, I caught a tiny bit of Kim and Lester's set at the WV State Folk Festival at Glenville in'06. I hated it that I had to leave that afternoon concert because I felt unwell. Though I have Kim's delightful cd "Keepers", I've not heard her and Lester play Cherry River Line 'live' and would like to!

Don Kemper said:

I've heard these two live a few times, always a treat. Thanks for posting.




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Don Kemper
@don-kemper
3 years ago
3 posts

I've heard these two live a few times, always a treat. Thanks for posting.

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 years ago
921 posts

Oh, I love Lester's fiddle play! Lester's 90 or better and I believe he was at Clifftop this year.

According to the liner notes in Kim Johnson's cd, Linda McCumbers (Lester's late-wife) used to sing Cherry River Line.
Have fun learning this cool tune, Phil!




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phil
@phil
5 years ago
149 posts

Love It.Now I want to learn it.

Strumelia
@strumelia
5 years ago
1,866 posts

Robin T , that's a great tune to add to the dulcimer fiddler repertoire- nicely played!

I find it interesting to note that there is only one note that dips below the tonic in the Lester clip- and that note is really just a rhythm ornament that the banjo player put in, it's not actually part of the tune melody. This tells me that this tune really is in mixolydian mode (it actually doesn't seem to work in other modes), and could be played from the open string tonic position too, if one chose not to use the one banjo ornament note. That one note does add some interesting difference to the tune, though. Just mental meanderings on tunings, versions, and such!

Don't you just LOVE Lester's raw tone on that fiddle? Talk about yummy !

Does sound like a 'Reuben's Train family' tune.




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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
5 years ago
62 posts
Whoah -- way-- way different than the Cherry River line we've added to our set this year. Ours is a modified version of the West Virginia vocal that we added a couple verses with Copperhill & Duck Town :)Mzc
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 years ago
921 posts

Here's my translation of the tune to lap dulcimer. Tuning is DGG. Any mistakes in my translation are mine. :)




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Carrie Barnes
@carrie-barnes
5 years ago
124 posts

Wow, this was really great! And it sure reminded me of Reuben's Train, tho different, you could sure hear the train! Haunting and lonely, but beautifully played, once started can't pull your ear away from it! Thanks Robin!Grin.gif

phil
@phil
5 years ago
149 posts

Like it would sound good on a dulcimer, maybe I had better go look up Reuben's Train and learn that first.

Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
5 years ago
191 posts

I love this, thanks for posting I think it has turned into one of my most favorite tunes.

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 years ago
921 posts

Great ear, Stephanie-- you heard Reuben in it! (Mark heard something from a tune he knows as Lonesome Reuben. . .) Thanks a bunch for the links-- they really add a lot to a thread!




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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
5 years ago
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Love this tune from Lester & Kim! I encourage you to check out the notes on YT; this was a banjo tune that Lester brought to fiddle.

Wondering whether anyone plays it on mountain dulcimer?




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updated by @robin-thompson: 06/11/15 07:31:53AM