As a child Clark Kessinger (27 July 1896, South Hills, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA, d. 4 June 1975, USA) moved with his family to Lincoln County, Virginia, where his father worked as an agricultural and foundry labourer. Both his grandfather and uncle were fiddle players. On that account he took up an instrument at the age of five, inevitably gravitating from banjo to the fiddle. His father was soon taking him round local saloons, where his prodigy would be perched on bar tops to regale customers with the hits of the day ? in the hope that the assembled drinkers would throw their loose coinage at his feet. His main formative influence was Ed Haley, a blind West Virginian who was considered a master fiddler at the turn of the century. Kessinger later played at country dances and on radio WOBU Charleston. He served during World War I and on discharge started to play regularly at fiddling conventions with his nephew Luches (b. 21 August 1906, Kanawha County,...