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Video: Oldtime Music at Clifftop Festival

The Freight Hoppers and Friends at Clifftop in 1998
The Freight Hoppers and Friends at Clifftop in 1998
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What is it about oldtime fiddle music that stirs the soul? And what is oldtime music, anyway? Maybe it’s easier to taste it than it is to define it. It’s like staring at a faint star in the sky: you have to look askance before you spot it. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Here is a half-hour documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting that looks inside the annual Appalachian String Band Festival, or Clifftop as it’s called. Makes me wish I was back home in the hills, sitting on the front porch, just playing tunes.

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2 thoughts on “Video: Oldtime Music at Clifftop Festival

  1. I was there in 2008 for the first time, it would take your breath away, and also put your feet to dancing, even if your not a dancer. The boy who played the harmonica is my grandson. He played really well in a jam session one night with about 25 other musicians, they wanted to include this in this segment but it was way to dark in that tent where he was playing. to put it in.They called him a prodigy in that tent that night, but right now we are living in a small town and he needs some group to play with so his talents won’t be wasted.If any one would have any suggestions please feel free to contact me. Thank you!

  2. It’s been about 10 years since I wrote my comment, so that means I’m about 10 years older, I love to play this short clip every now and then, it brings back a lot of memories. My Grandson is not playing professionally like he should be, hoping and praying he will someday fall in love with his harp again. My email address has changed, it is if you would like to meet up with Aaron Kelley and maybe get something going. He can play guitar now also and he can sing.

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