from Alan and Karen Jabbour, February 3, 2011
Alan and Karen Singer Jabbour were
in Raleigh on February 3, 2011 for a talk on their new book, Decoration Day in the
Mountains, a study of the traditions of cemetery decoration
across the Southern Appalachians.
Anne, Bob, Ron, and Mike attended their lecture at the Museum of
History and invited them to join our session at Charley and Heidi's
that night. To our great delight, they accepted and came. Alan's
collections of tunes from older fiddlers in N.C., Virginia, and West
Virginia in the 1960s and early 70s and his own recordings are the
source for probably a fourth of the tunes we play, so this was a
fantastic night for us. Our
friend Rob Morrison from
Chapel Hill attended also. Sadly, Kurt could not be with us (We'll
photoshop you in later, Kurt).
Heidi posted this montage
video of Alan playing with us on YouTube. The video consists of
Alan playing samples from a few tunes, then all of us playing "Santa
Anna's Retreat," a tune from Alan's mentor Henry Reed of Glen
website is here.
In the photo, Karen and Alan are seated front center.
Southern String Band 2011