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Published on Nov 19, 2016
Moonshiner Stomp is a fiddle/dance tune composed by Larry "Friar" Edwards and dedicated to one of his dearest friends, Kenneth Brank — “never met a better” — a notorious ’shiner and well-liked fiddler from Winlock, Washington (and father of fiddler Loretta Brank).
One year at the National Old Time Fiddle Championships in Weiser, Idaho, Brank passed around a jar of his white lightning. A fellow musician smacked his lips and declared, “Oh, that’s smooth.” Brank turned to Larry, his brows furrowed, and said, “I never knew it was supposed to taste good.”
Truth be told, when Friar played this tune for him, while he appreciated the gesture, he said, “That ain’t old-time fiddlin’. At least not where I come from.” (Waynesville, NC) Oh, well. One thing about Brank, he was always forthright.
The tune was recorded in Winston-Salem, NC, in July 2016, with Fiddlin’ Friar sawing on the fiddle and that mighty fine guitar picker Richard Chance, strumming on his double-0 Martin.
Friar hopes you like it tune and will want to play it, or dance to it. If you record it, please give him credit as the composer.