Timothy Cummings | The Piper in the Holler

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The Piper in the Holler

by Timothy Cummings

Appalachian folk music and Scottish bagpipes are taken to new frontiers by combining — or perhaps reuniting — the two closely-related traditions. The result is a fresh, simple, and spirited collection of American piping.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies / Highlander's Farewell / Johnny Cope
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2. Red Fox / Stony Point
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3. Chapel Hill Serenade / Pilgrim of Sorrow / World Turned Upside Down
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4. Pretty Saro
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5. Natchez / Ducks On the Mill Pond
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6. The Dying Californian (feat. Hollis Easter)
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7. Wayfaring Stranger / British Field March
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8. Linkum Doddie / Jenny Nettles
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9. Wondrous Love / Ecstasy / Cowper
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10. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
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11. Fathers, Now Our Meeting Is Over (feat. Pete Sutherland)
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12. Sandy Boys
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Album Notes
This is Timothy Cummings' first solo album, devoted almost exclusively to traditional melodies from Appalachia. Perhaps the first of its kind, this album spotlights tunes and hymns from the Southeastern United States. Cummings performs these on Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, Highland pipes, and whistles, and enjoys backing by Pete Sutherland, Caleb Elder, and other special guests. This is a piping album to be sure, but one with strong Southern flavoring; a genuinely American expression.

'The Piper in the Holler' was chosen as Celtic Music Radio's 'Album of the Week' (September 29, 2012), and has also been featured on NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock, BBC Radio Scotland's Pipeline, PlanetPipe, Vermont Public Radio's All the Traditions, North Country Public Radio's The Folk Show, The College of Piping's CoP Radio, and Western North Carolina Public Radio's Close to Home, among others.

Album Features:
- A one-of-a-kind album of American piping: traditional Appalachian selections performed on various bagpipes (played with a slight drawl)
- With Timothy Cummings on Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, Highland pipes, and whistles*
- Backed by Pete Sutherland (clawhammer banjo, guitar, song, fiddle) and Caleb Elder (fiddle, viola)
- Special guests Sandy Silva (hambone, clogging), Hollis Easter (song), Don Pedi (mountain dulcimer), Joseph Campanella Cleary (mandolin), Neil Rossi (guitar), and Michael Santosusso (upright bass)

In an effort to preserve a more authentic feel, a majority of the album was recorded live onto 2" tape, with the musicians playing together in an open, reconstructed barn (situated on a hilltop amidst the Green Mountains, no less!)

This album is also available on CD, and even vinyl (12", 33rpm) for aficionados seeking that smooth, vintage listening experience. [Vinyl record purchase comes with a free digital download option.] Album notes include source and background information on the music. CDs, vinyl, and printed music are available from Birchen Music & Publishing.

~ This album is dedicated to Sandy Keith and all those who have left their native soil for greener pastures ~

*Cummings plays Scottish smallpipes made by Nate Banton (Maine, USA); Border pipes by Garvie Bagpipes (Edinburgh, Scotland); Highland pipes by W.Sinclair & Son (Leith, Scotland); a D whistle by Michael Copeland (Pennsylvania, USA); and a low-D whistle by MK Whistles (Glasgow, Scotland).

Album produced by Jared Slomoff; recorded at The Barn (VT)
© 2012 Timothy Cummings | Birchen Music



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