Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Ozark - Appalachian connection

While there are differences in the styles, the Ozarks and the Appalachians share quite a bit in that they are both largely remote, rural areas where traditions run deep. The Dowden Sisters, Laura (Guitar), Hannah (Fiddle), and Emily (banjo and Autoharp) were raised in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri. Their mother Rebecca raised the girls in a home without television and exposed them to traditional music and arts at an early age. Laura, the eldest and the band's leader, was playing along with the oldtimers at church revivals and picnics by the time she was 10 years old.

After ten years on the bluegrass and old-time festival circuit Emily, the youngest sister, left the band for pursue other interests. The two eldest sisters still live with mother Rebecca, although they did move from their native Ozarks to the area around Asheville, North Carolina at the southern end of the Blue Ridge.

Since Emily's departure last year, the sisters have added Brendan McEnnerney (Clawhammer Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar) and Devin McEnnerney (Bass). When you attend a few of the old-time music festivals and fiddler's conventions this season, make a point of being near the stage when the Downden Sisters are on.

Dowden Sisters - When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland.mp3

Dowden Sisters - Shady Grove.mp3

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Ed good job. I like When the Roses bloom, thats just good music
and of coarse Shady Grove will get your feet to a tappen

Joey

March 30, 2006 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Yea, what Joey said. What sweet voices, beautiful harmony.

March 30, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Something told me that you two would enjoy the Dowden Sisters.

March 30, 2006 9:38 PM  

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