Red Clay Ramblers
Formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, in the early 70s, this bands repertoire was originally based firmly in traditional Appalachian string-band music. Although contemporary music was added, this was composed in the spirit of the genre and the band thus maintained a great deal of respect and admiration among fans of neo-traditional folk music. On one of their earliest appearances the line-up featured Tommy Thompson (banjo, vocals), Clay Buckner (fiddle, vocals), Mike Craver (piano, harmonium, vocals), and Jack Herrick (multi-instruments, vocals). Over the years the core personnel changed a little and was also frequently expanded beyond a quartet for live performances and record dates. Other musicians who have worked commendably with the Ramblers include violinist Bill Hicks, bass player Jim Watson, trombonist and accordionist Chris Frank, drummer and banjo player Ed Butler, and pianist Bland Simpson. Songs performed and on some occasions composed by...