Martin Fox & Jeff Winegar | The Way It Was

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The Way It Was

by Martin Fox & Jeff Winegar

Rare old 19th.Century fiddle/banjo duets from the Southern Appalachians.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. The Rocky Road To Dublin
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2. Old Horse & Buggy-O
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3. The Old Hen, She Cackled
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4. Wild Hog In The Woods
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5. Morgan On The Railroad
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6. The Wounded Hoosier
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7. The Highlanders Farewell
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8. Moonlight
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9. The Lost Girl
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10. Last Gold Dollar
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11. Green Mountain
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12. Evening Star Waltz
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13. The Belles Of Lexington
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14. Shove That Pigs Foot A Little Further In The Fire
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15. Old Time Blackberry Blossom
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16. Bonapartes Retreat
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17. Cincinnati Hornpipe
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18. The Last Of Callahan
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Album Notes
"This is a wonderful collection of old-time fiddle and banjo duets (18 of them) played by fiddler Fox (who lives in the Asheville, NC area), and banjoist Winegar, from Scott County in southwestern Virginia. The players have made it a point to feature tunes (and a style) of the 19th century, and the sources they cite--Emmett Lundy, William Stepp, John Salyer, and Marcus Martin are impressive indeed. The choice of tunes alone would make for an interesting record, but Fox & Winegar play these with feeling and skill, in a lovely collection that we heartily recommend!"
David Freeman, County Records April, 04, 2008

"The Way It Was" is one of the best recordings of American "Old Time" music that I have heard in many years; simple, straight forward playing. The fiddle and banjo are to Old Time music what the fiddle and Uilleann pipes are to Irish music. The original,long passed old time musicians would be proud of this one"
Patrick Sky March 28, 2008

The driving, primal sound of the fiddle and banjo. In the early days before the guitar made its way here into the Southern Appalachians, the fiddle and banjo was the mainstay "band" for musical gatherings of all sorts, barn raisings, corn shuckings, making moonshine, and of course, dances and “frolics”

These eighteen tunes will transport you back in time. Fox and Winegar play a wide variety of rare old tunes from Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. There are breakdowns, played in the tight, cohesive and driving style, and slower, haunting pieces like “The Wounded Hoosier”

This professionally produced recording features a six page, double side fold out listing the history, key signature, and fiddle tuning for each piece.

Both of these musicians, steeped in the tradition, have been playing together for many years. This CD is the culmination of their efforts, and is a “must have” for every lover of true, authentic mountain music “from the source”

Martin Fox has been playing 19th. Century Appalachian style fiddle for over 30 years. During the early seventies, while living in Grassy Creek NC, he traveled up and down the Appalachians for several years, entering every fiddle contest and convention possible. He had the good fortune to win and place in many of these events, often competing against the very best players from each region.

In 1985 he was fortunate enough to win the title of Fiddle Champion at the Asheville NC, Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. In the early eighties, he joined up with Jeff Winegar, Rick Palmer and Mackie Vannoy to form the old time band ”The Rough Riders” This band was a success from the start and played at many venues including Bele Chere in Asheville, NC, The Down Home Pickin Parlor in Johnson City TN., The Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA. and many more. That year, “The Rough Riders” won virtually every prize possible at the Asheville NC, Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, the oldest and longest running Appalachian music festival in the south. Their recording, released in 1993 “Whatcha Going To Do When Your Likker Gives Out” was a hit and well received.
When the Green Grass Cloggers needed a group to “step it up” they always asked for this band.

After 42 years traveling all over the US and abroad as a professional photographer, Martin now has some time for his music. This recording with Jeff Winegar is just a start of much more to come.

Jeff Winegar, born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia has been around the rural Appalachian music from his region since he was a boy. He grew up with the Carter family children and learned much of their music at an early age. He first started playing the guitar learning from his Grandfather He has been playing banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and hammered dulcimer for more than 25 years.

He has won and placed in the banjo category at many fiddlers’ conventions and contests over the years including Independence VA., Jonesville TN., Mooresville, NC, Fiddlers Grove NC., and the Asheville Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. He was the banjo player and vocalist for “The Rough Riders “old time band in the early eighties through the nineties. He recorded with dulcimer wizard Fred Meyer in 1986 for Kicking Mule Records, and was the banjo player with The Rough Riders for the 1993 recording “Whatcha Gonna To Do When Your Likker Gives Out”. This recording received great reviews and acclaim, (see the glowing review in “The Old Time Herald” Volume 4. Number 5 Fall 1994)

Now,besides teaming up with fiddler Martin Fox on banjo to play the old, 19th. Century fiddle and banjo duets, Jeff also is the fiddler for “The Boozy Creek String Band” from Southwest Virginia. This band played a concert this year for The National Geographic Society in Washington DC. They also have a CD out titled “Now More Than Ever”

Jeff is a talented multi instrumentalist and singer. You will hear more fine music from him in the near future.

For booking's, private concerts,workshop's & performances please contact:
Martin Fox: (828) 628-9554
Jeff Winegar(704) 583-0196



to write a review

Tony Spadaro aka Old Woodchuck

A great album
I rarely take the time to say anything about new albums but this one deserves a few raves. Martin Fox and Jeff Winegar are out there with no safety net, no band, not even a guitar or bass to cover for a moments loss of concentration. Everything has to be perfect from the first note until the final fade -- and it is. The tunes are superbly played by two masters of the fine art of dueting - the hardest job in music. It's pure banjo and fiddle, tightly intertwined and yet overflowing with swing and energy. I haven't enjoyed a new "old time" cd this much in decades and strongly suspect it is destined to become a classic.

Jeff Benedict

The Right Feel
This wonderful CD is like time machine, transporting you back to a time before cars, computers, telephones, or PDA's. There is feeling of the rural, agrarian culture that has just about left this country. You can hear it in every song. Martin Fox and Jeff Winegar do a masterful job recreating the old time sounds of the 19th century. Their musicianship is top notch and their choice of tunes is right on target. It's as if they scooped up part of our musical heritage and passed it to us a gift. Very good stuff and highly reccomended.

Mark Weakley

The Way It Was
This is a jewel. I wish I was on it. Great tunes beautifully played and sequenced. Really The Way It IS.

Pat Gill

Taking You Back
Martin Fox and Jeff Winegar have teamed up to produce a CD that is a rare gem in the old time music world and differs in several ways from most of the recent recordings in the field. They combine a carefully crafted collection of seldom recorded tunes from the southeastern part of the country, many of them tunes originally recorded in the early to mid twentieth century and played by long deceased fiddlers who we know only by their memories. In addition they embrace the style in which this music may have been most often played at that time, the combination of just a fiddle and a banjo. The duets woven by the two instruments truly evoke for me my favorite view of the music, two people sitting on the front porch, totally engrossed by what they are doing and creating something neither can accomplish by himself for the enjoyment of themselves and any one else fortunate enough to be within hearing distance. This is a wonderful CD which will indeed take you back to “The Way It Was”

jon singleton

the way it was
Martin and Jeff have the unusual ability to re-ignite the fire in these old tunes as if they had written 'em! All are fresh sounding,excellent examples of bedrock American traditional fiddling in the Southland. I particularly enjoyed the great sound production. Feels like I'm right there, in an old log cabin! Highly recommended.

John Greene

A Great Tribute
There has never been a title that embraced truth better than this. It is an outstanding example of the "The way it was", the way it was done, and the way all the rest should be doing it. A must have for your music library to represent our great music heritage

John Greene

mike knowles

the way it was
One listen to this cd and it's easy to hear why this music will always be with us. If someone could step back in time over 100 years with good recording equipment, this is what they might capture. Two friends, with great love for the music, playing a variety of tunes with skill and subtlety. The simple combination of banjo and fiddle or guitar and fiddle have long brought magic to everyday life and seen people through a lot of trials and times, good and bad. Invite
yourself to the front porch for this picking session.

Matt Thomas

Time Travel By CD
This CD takes the listener back to when our ancestors made their own entertainment. Such a glimpse of this simple and sincere time through these superb performances is worth much more than the price of a CD. This music will be a joy to newcomers and a delight to old-time music fans. Highly recommended!

Mark Abbott

Well worth the Time
Martin and Jeff have put together a wonderful collection of fiddle tunes on this record. The haunting fiddle and banjo duets are in a class of their own. These fellows have put in the work and time to capture "The Way It Was". I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves Oldtime Music. Well done fellows!!!

Gary H. Kooke

Good old days
Great old string music. Kinda makes ya forget how old you're getting. Quality time, relaxing and forces you to reminisce. Now ya can't get too much of that stuff! Great CD
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