The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 6, 2013

Allegheny Echoes artists perform at Tamarack

BECKLEY — Allegheny Echoes brought an eclectic group of artists to this week’s Sunday@Two at Tamarack, featuring fiddle players, guitar players, banjo players and even a poet.

Allegheny Echoes is a group of West Virginia musicians, writers and artists who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their art in a traditional way in a traditional setting.

The Tamarack crowd was treated to one of the finest fiddle players around — Bobby Taylor.

Taylor explained that he had suffered some injuries to his shoulder and hand and would probably never be the player he once was, but after a few seconds of hearing him play, the audience broke out into applause.

His fast-paced fiddling would have been impressive even without having suffered an injury. He had a slight grin on his face as he played, as if he were even surprising himself with his fine fiddle-playing.

He played several mountain tunes alongside guitarist Andrew Dunlop, aka “St. Albans Slim.”

Several other banjo and guitar players took the stage, singing about the great state of West Virginia and playing traditional mountain music.

Sherrell Wigal, a poet, was then welcomed to read a couple of poems, “Mountain Echoes” and “I Am the Daughter.”

“I Am the Daughter” is featured in “Fed From the Blade,” the latest anthology from Woodland Press, featuring tales and poems from the mountains.

Chad Ashworth and Jim Mullins wrapped the show up with a few “good ol’ fiddle tunes.”

For more information about Allegheny Echoes and the summer workshop series in Pocahontas County, visit www.alleghenyechoes.com.

Next week’s Sunday@Two will feature Tender Mercies. The performance is free of charge.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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