What a remarkable talent is Rhiannon Giddens: Mountain music fiddler exemplar, five-string banjo picker extraordinaire, country dance soloist, singer with a burly tough blues voice! But guess what? She also has a degree in voice from Oberlin College, and sings opera on the concert stage. In the cover of the CD I purchased, she says, "The music tells of my family, black, white, and native. It is home to me, and I feel honored and Blessed to be able to play it and keep some of these traditions alive." People like Rhiannon Giddens make me realize how little I’ve accomplished - I may throw away my saxophone (not really).
The folk festival ended, as it traditionally does, with a group sing (me too) of “Good Night Irene.” That plaintive folk song brings back memories – we used to sing “Good Night Irene” in the barracks when I was in Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB.