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Coleman and Harper playing Old Hen Cackle

This is an uncommonly good piece of old-time mandolin playing. It is available on CD on the excellent collection Down in the Basement. According to that disc’s liner notes, the recording was by a pair of Knoxville musicians name Joe Evans and Arthur McClain. The two recorded for several labels under, as was the custom at the time, a variety of names. This was recorded for the Perfect label in May of 1931.

The relentless rhythmic drive and energy, the phrases that eat their own tails, this is just about perfect.

Old Hen Cackle (MP3)

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