|Tags:||bluegrass banjo old-timey fiddle old-time old time clawhammer fiddle tune fiddler|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
1 March 1901, near Round Peak, Surry County, North Carolina, USA, d. 28 January 1985, Mount Airy, USA. Jarrell was an old-time fiddler, banjoist and singer, but never became a professional musician, nor was heard outside his home locale, until he was nearly 70 years old. The Jarrells were of Scots-Irish descent and he learned his fiddle playing and much of his vast repertoire of songs from his father, Ben Jarrell, a noted old-time fiddler who played and recorded with Da-Costa Woltzs Southern Broadcasters in the late 20s. Tommy was also influenced by Fred Cockerham (of Camp Creek Boys), another fiddler. The family moved to Mount Airy in 1921 and from 1925 to his retirement in 1966, Jarrell worked for the State Highways Department. After his wife died in 1967, he began to play the fiddle again. He became recognized as an authority on old-time music and was much in demand for appearances at various folk festivals and colleges. Jarrell recorded several albums, both as...