Free Downloads - composed fiddle tunes by Harry

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Prairie Queen

Dedicated to my friend Tricia Spencer, a great Kansas fiddler. The A part of the tune is the harmony for the B part. Audio

Chubby Dragon

Joel Wennerstrom andhave made a recording of it that we are proud to make freely available to his many friends in our community who might wish to learn it, play it and remember Ray:

CHUBBY DRAGON (mp3 for download)

I was fortunate to know Ray Alden for many years. To learn from his recordings, play tunes with him and work on a few projects with him.

Toward the end of his life, he was very much in my thoughts. A week before the Lake Genero festival in Sept of 2009,  a tune came to me and I realized it was for him. What better name for it could there be than Chubby Dragon? Knowing that time was short and there was little I could do for him, I hoped that the tune would cheer him. At Genero, I gathered a handful of his friends and taught them the tune. Then we did a field recording of ourselves playing it. I then moved on to another camp and repeated the process.

By the end of the weekend we had 10 versions of the tune. Gil Sayre delivered and played the cd of those 10 versions during his last visit with Ray. I'm told that Ray appreciated the project. A group of us played it at Ray's memorial service.

Video of Joel playing Chubby Dragon at a concert performance by Hammer and String (Cleek Schrey, Joel Wennerstrom) with guest fiddler Tashina Clarridge sitting in for Rhys Jones during the Appalachian music weekend in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

To read more about Ray Alden's life and work:

Ray's Field Recorders Collective

8 previously unreleased recordings:

14 tunes from Teaching the Mule Manners circa 1984: