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Bonnie Ludwick and Bob sang this song for Dawn & Larry
West Side Story/ One Hand, One Heart Play One Hand/ One Heart
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Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys





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Don Stover Banjo Lead
Dave Dillon Guitar Lead/tenor
John Hall Fiddle
Bob Tidwell Mandolin
Bob Denoncourt Bass
West Virginia Coal Miner's Blues
Old Homestead OHS 90011  1973  197303
West Virginia Coal Miners Blues
When the Sun Goes Down
Marching Through Georgia
Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
Keep My Skillet Good n Greasy
Old Dan Tucker
Didn't They Crucify My Lord
I'll Be Myself Again
Sourwood Mountain
Salt River
Greenback Dollar
Union County
I've Still Got Ninety Nine
Drifting Too Far from the Shore
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Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys


Musician Picks Sings
Don Stover Banjo Lead
Dave Dillon Guitar Lead/tenor
Carl Rebello Fiddle
Jack Tottle Mandolin Lead
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys
Rounder  0039   1974
Careless Love
Suicide Blues
Wreck on the Highway
Tom Cattin'
Lorene
Shady Grove
Wings of Death
Making It Up
Ramblin' and Gamblin'
The Great Judgement Morning
Swing Them Pretty Girls Round
Picked Up a Hammer And Knocked Them in the Head
Steel Guitar Rag
Heavenly Light Shining
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Northern Valley Boys
Musician Picks Sings
Chris Prickitt Banjo Baritone
Dave Livingston Guitar Lead
Greg Boardman Fiddle Lead/tenor
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Old -time Country and Fiddle Tunes
Quagmire Records 1975   #25412
Recorded at Misty Mountain Mansion
Bay of Fundy
Hold on to the Sleigh
Four Nights Drunk
Albion Whale
Cheap Love Affair
La Maurisque
St. Albans Waltz
Run Hippie Run
Ways of the World
Sail Away Ladies
Let Me Lose
Sally in the Garden
Muddy Messalonski
Flowers of Edinburgh
Captain Keeler
Rippling Wabes
Tell It to Me
Sugar in the Gourd
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Kennebec Valley Boys


Musician Picks Sings
Fred Pike Banjo Harmony
Bill Kimball Guitar Lead
Fred Pike Guitar
Sam Tidwell Fiddle Harmony
Sam Tidwell Mandolin
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead
Maine Train
INTERSTATE IS-76-200

Cover painting by Slim Clark
Delta Queen
Eight More Miles
America the Beautiful
Ballad of Jesse James
Orange Blossom Special
Kennebec Valley Boys


Musician Picks Sings
Fred Pike Banjo Lead
Bill Kimball Guitar Lead
Sam Tidwell Mandolin Baritone
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Last Log Drive
Revonah RS-922  1976

Cover painting by Slim Clark
Blackberry Blossom
Headed Home for Maine
Hello MaryLou
Holding Things Together
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
Katy Kline
Last Log Drive
Little Georgia Rose
Old Home Place
Roustabout Song
Steel Guitar Rag
Tennessee
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Fred Pike


Musician Picks
Fred Pike Lead Guitar
Dave Dalton Rhythm Guitar
Fred Pike Rhythm Guitar
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Perley Curtis Dobro
Fred Lantz Banjo
Tim Farrell Fiddle
Fred Pike & The Flat Top Guitar
Revonah RS-929
Recorded in Maine September & October 1977

Long before I ever heard of Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice or Clarence White, to name a few of the more prominent flat-pickers, I had the opportunity to meet and hear Fred Pike from Oneco, Connecticut.

Before this first encounter, the only thing I could tell you about a flat-top guitar was that it had a round hole and all the cowboys on TV used to strum them when they crooned love songs to their sweethearts, or serenaded the herds at sundown. What a shock it was to find out that someone could actually play a tune on one of those finger-busters! Little did I know that this man would leave a lasting impression on me as well as my picking style. I realize now that his mastery and touch on that instrument is impressive, by anyone’s standards, and that what I was lucky enough to be exposed to “way back then” was amazingly ahead of its time!

I guess you could say that Fred Pike was flat-picking the guitar even before the term “flat-picker” came into being. And…as you will hear on this album…he can FLAT PICK a guitar!

Along with some fine young pickers out of the North Country, Fred is working to keep alive a music that had its roots in the South, but nevertheless is being played and enjoyed by folks all over the U.S. and many parts of the world. Bluegrass music needs dedicated people like Fred, who had “guts” enough to take his music into an unexplored and sparsely populated area of the country. Fred was determined to play good music and entertain audiences who would otherwise have little chance to see and hear a top-notch Bluegrass band.

For the opportunity to be one of those few musicians who has been fortunate enough to be part of one of his bands and to be shaped by this master of the flat-top…for the priceless knowledge and experience gained….for now, and for the years to come…I welcome this chance to say, “Thank you, Fred.”

Jimmy Gaudreau


Obviously, the making of an album requires patience, cooperation and many hours of hard work on the part of all the musicians involved. I would like to thank the following friends and fellow musicians (all residents of the State of Maine) whose understanding, helpful suggestions and excellent musical ability made these sessions a pleasant and memorable experience for me:

Dave Dalton, whose many years of professional experience are evident in the guitar rhythm tracks he has laid down here.

Bob Denoncourt, whose “right-on” work provides the backbone of the album.

Perley Curtis, one of the hottest new Dobro players on the bluegrass scene, whose lead and back-up work are an indispensible part of this production.

Fred Lantz, whose sensitivity and timing on the banjo creates just the proper touch for many of these tunes.

Thanks, guys, for your invaluable assistance.

And a special thanks to Tim Farrell who dropped by with his fiddle long enough to take a super break on “Bury Me Beneath The Willow.”

Also, I would like to thank David Snell from Canon, CT, for teaching me “Sledd Ride.” Fred Pike
Southern Rain
Alabama Jubilee
Black Mountain Rag
Spanish Grass
Jimmy G's Gas Pipe
Sledd Ride
Oldl Joe Clark
Daybreak in Dixie
Blackberry Rag
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Huckleberry Hornpipe
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Simon St. Pierre


Musician Picks
Bill Kimball Banjo
Fred Pike Guitar
Simon St. Pierre Fiddle
Sam Tidwell Mandolin
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Fiddler From Maine
Revonah RS-926  1977
Recorded November 10 & 11, 1976 at Revonah Records Studio

"In October of 1976, I relocated and constructed a new recording studio and disc mastering complex.

The first group in the studio to record new material was Simon St. Pierre backed up by my good friends Fred Pike/Sam Tidwell & The Kennebec Valley Boys. They were impressed with both the studio size and the complex control room. It gives all our groups a relaxed feeling while recording; the atmosphere is like that when neighbors gather for some good picking. Tension and pressure are kept to a minimum. The results of that session are inside this album jacket.

What started as a difficult job, turned out to be a gratifying and rewarding experience for all of us. Simon, in addition to being a unique fiddler is a lot of fun at a recording session. His humorous stories about lumberjacking and some of the “North Woods” people he knows kept us all in good spirits.

Unfortunately shortly after the session, the band broke up. Fred formed a new group and Sam reorganized the Kennebec Valley Boys.
One of the nice things about a record is its permanence. I am pleased to have captured Simon, Fred, Sam & The Kennebec Valley Boys during some of these great musical moments.




Simon has two other albums out on the Revonah label, the first of which is R-915 “The Joys of Quebec” backed by Walter Hensley & The Dukes of Bluegrass. The second is RS-920 “The Woods of Maine” where Simon is backed up by Fred Pike/Sam Tidwell & The Kennebec Valley Boys.

Paul Gerry May 1977"
Busy Fingers
Concert Reel
Grandfather's Reel
Joe King's Hornpipe
Kiss Me Waltz
Light House Keeper
Little Roy's Breakfast
Nova Scotia Hop
Redwing
Run, Johnny, Run
Uncle Henry's Reel
Waverly Two Step
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Simon St. Pierre
Musician Picks
Bill Kimball Banjo
Danny St. Pierre Guitar
Fred Pike Guitar
Simon St. Pierre Fiddle
Sam Tidwell Mandolin
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Woods of Maine
Revonah RS 920  1975
Recorded at Revonah Records December 1975

"This is a new album by an unusual French Canadian fiddler, Simon St. Pierre. Most fiddle fans have purchased the first album that Simon recorded for Revonah back in 1973. To those of you who have purchased that album no explanation of Simon's great ability on the fiddle is necessary. To the newer listeners of this fiddle player, just a word or two about him.

This album was recorded in December of 1975 following up his first successful album, "The Joys of Quebec". When he discussed recording the second album, we spoke about who would back him up and Simon mentioned to me he had a very good band in mind from the New England area, Fred Pike/Sam Tidwell and The Kennebec Valley Boys. I had remembered hearing Fred on an album recorded a few years back, which I liked very much, so Simon got together with the band and we all decided on a December recording date. As it turned out, Fred and the band were going to be in Washington, D.C. in December, so it would be convenient to meet Simon at my studio in Ferndale, New York to do the recording.

This was the first time I had met Fred and the rest of the boys and I must say it certainly was a pleasure working with such a group of professional musicians. It worked especially well, since while they were at my studio, they also recorded an album for me "The Last Log Drive".
 
Simon was also backed up by his son Danny, and I must say, as Danny gets older he gets better each time I hear him play. Danny's timing is perfect as he backs his father up on his unusual style of fiddle playing with the various, interesting timing effects that Simon uses.
You will hear Fred playing the guitar on this album, instead of his usual fine banjo picking and Bill Kimball on banjo instead of the guitar. Of course, Bob Denoncourt is on bass and Sam Tidwell on mandolin.

Some of the numbers on the album, I'm sure many fiddle fans will have heard before. Three or four of the numbers I had never heard, but I really enjoy listening to Simon play them in his very unique style. They are, "The Home Sweet Home Reel", "Black Velvet Reel", "Roseanna Waltz" and "The Happy Acres 2 Step". Of course, all the other tunes are equally as well done. One very interesting number is the last cut on side two, "Antiquite #2", which caught Simon off guard at a moment when he thought I wasn't recording. I liked this number so much, I included it in the album. This describes how things were many years ago when people didn't have any money for instruments, so they used their feet to accompany themselves while playing the fiddle.

In closing, Simon was born in 1930, on the hill of Saint Benoit, Quebec Province, and started playing the fiddle at the age of fourteen. Since he recorded his first album for Revonah, he has been making the Bluegrass festival circuit, so many Bluegrass fans have seen and heard Simon’s fine fiddle playing, and like very much what they hear, so it is a pleasure for me to be able to issue another album of fiddle music by the great Simon St. Pierre, his son Danny and ably assisted by Fred Pike/Sam Tidwell and the Kennebec Valley Boys.
Paul Gerry June 1976"
Happy Acres 2 Step
Quebec Reel
Fishers Hornpipe
Jimmie's Favorite Jig
Bow on the String
Roseanna Waltz
Running Water
Flannagan Polka
Montreal Reel
Black Velvet Waltz
Frenchie's Reel
Growling Old Man & Old Woman
Home Sweet Home Reel
"Antiquite" #2

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Simon St. Pierre

This is the CD offered by The Field Recorder's Collective

Musician Picks
Fred Pike Guitar
Simon St. Pierre Fiddle
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Simon St. Pierre 
FRC206 – Simon St. Pierre
BrandyWine Festival 1977

"Simon St. Pierre is a fascinating and elusive Maine lumberjack and fiddler skilled in an array of music. He came to the 1977 Brandywine festival with Fred Pike, a stunning guitarist from Maine. They made a huge impression upon Dewey Balfa who called Simon "a brother I met today."

Reared in a logging community in Quebec, Simon told of long winters in the logging bunkhouses of the northern region of the province. Simon's eclectic repertoire began with fiddlers employed there from many parts of Canada. He heard radio fiddlers and recorded ones such as Isadore Soucy, but his favorites were men he had met and learned from, such as his favorite, Claire Lake, a neighbor in the Smyrna Mills area of northeast Maine's Aroostook County.

Simon had been in the U.S. for about twenty years at the time of the festival, and still earned his living operating a one-man sawmill, sawing white swamp cedar into logs to create insect-proof cabins. In 1983, Simon was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and performed at the White House with his friend Joe Pomerleau. He is living in retirement in Maine."
  1. Introduction
  2. Bowing the Strings
  3. Joys of Quebec
  4. Waverly Two Step
  5. The Cuckoo’s Nest
  6. Fishers Hornpipe
  7. French’s Reel
  8. Unknown Title
  9. Bonnie Kate
  10. Growling Old Man and Growling Old Woman
  11. Swallowtail Reel
  12. Roxanna Waltz
  13. Saint Anne’s Reel
  14. Happy Acres Two Step
  15. Grandfather’s Reel
  16. Jig
  17. Big John McNeil
  18. Run Johnny Run
  19. Unknown Title
  20. Dry and Dusty
  21. Unknown Title
  22. Little Roy’s Breakfast
  23. Unknown Title
  24. Soldier’s Joy
  25. Schottische
  26. Ragtime Annie
  27. Over the Waves
  28. Maple Sugar
  29. Running Water
  30. Jimmy's Favorite Jig
  31. Concert Reel
  32. Uncle Henry’s Reel
  33. Waverly Two Step 
  34. Huckleberry Hornpipe
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Titan Valley Warheads


Musician Picks Sings
Ross Nickerson Banjo
John Mattingly Guitar Lead
Don Johnson Fiddle
Gary Kuitert Mandolin Lead
Bob Denoncourt Bass
Blast Off
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Bob sings harmony on "Two Little Boys" and "Adobe Hacienda"
and lead on "You Can Have Her"
Jumping the Frog
Two Little Boys
Adobe Hacienda
Don't Stop Now
You Can Have Her
Travellin' Kind
Brown Mountain Light
Remington Ride
Home Grown Tomatoes
Maiden's Prayer
Mighty Dark to Travel
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The High Strung Band


Musician Picks Sings
Matt Smith Banjo
Charlie Edsall Guitar Lead/tenor
Bob Denoncourt Mandolin Lead/baritone
Bonnie Ludwick Bass Lead
High Strung
HS 0004  1991

Bob sings lead on "Raised by the Railroad Line"
and harmony with Bonnie on "If I Needed You"
White Freightliner
It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Raised by the Railroad Line
Shenandoah Breakdown
One Way Track
Deal With the Changes in Our Lives
Looking for the Time
Never Again
Bells of St. Mary's
If I Needed You
High Strung
California Cottonfields
Pieces of Me
Look at Me
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The High Strung Band


Musician Picks Sings
Ross Nickerson Banjo
Charlie Edsall Guitar Lead/tenor
Bob Denoncourt Mandolin Lead/baritone
Bonnie Ludwick Bass Lead
Dan Newman Fiddle Lead
Six of One; Half Dozen of the Other

BLCD 1363  1993


Waverly Cemetery, Bronte near Bondi across the harbor from Sydney, Australia
A take off on the words in  "I Bid You Goodnight"
What a surprise to happen upon this headstone!
It's Not So Easy to Lose a Memory
Summerfly
Early Morning Rain
I Bid You Goodnight
You Don't Have to Move that Mountain
Beaumont Rag
When Halley Came to Jackson
Darby's Castle
You Don't Knock
Little White Church
Ozone Hole
Carpenter of Wood
Holy City
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Cypress Creek Band
Musician Picks Sings
Sam Tidwell Banjo Baritone
Mel Hancock Guitar Lead
Ted Locke Fiddle Lead/bass
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/tenor
Knee Deep
1998
Ashes of Love
Red Apple Rag
Knee Deep in Loving You
Of That's the Way You Feel
Crazy Heart
These Men of God
Catfish John
Wild Bill Jones
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Town Hall Clock
Alabama Jubilee
Have a Little Talk with Jesus
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Cypress Creek Band

Musician Picks Sings
Sam Tidwell Banjo Baritone
Mel Hancock Guitar Lead
Ted Locke Fiddle Lead/bass
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/tenor
On the Road with the Cypress Band
1999
No Teardrops Tonight
You Can Have Her
Remember Me
Dusty Miller
Always Marry an Ugly Girl
Missouri
Miles and Miles of Texas
Black Diamond
Dark Hollow
Wasted Words
Sweet Georgia Brown
Going Honky Tonking
When the Roll Is Called
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Cypress Creek Band


Musician Picks Sings
Sam Tidwell Banjo Baritone
Mel Hancock Guitar Lead
Ted Locke Fiddle Lead/bass
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/tenor
Thank God for the Lighthouse
1999
Are You Washed in the Blood
The Lighthouse
Wings of Angels
I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer
Angel Band
Little White Church
I'm Headed Home
Where the Roses Never Fade
Heaven
Hallelujah Turnpike
Precious Lord
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Cypress Creek Band


Musician Picks Sings
Sam Tidwell Banjo Baritone
Doug Driskell Guitar Lead
Ted Locke Fiddle Lead/bass
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/tenor
New Look, New Sound
2000
Our Last Goodbye
Are You Missing Me
Bluegrass Breakdown
I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
Mighty Dark to Travel
Old Rugged Cross
Little Girl in Tennessee
Your Love is Like a Flower
Happy Birthday
Big Spike Hammer
Leather Britches
I'll Take the Blame
Little Maggie
Shady Grove
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Cypress Creek Band

Musician Picks Sings
Sam Tidwell Banjo Baritone
Clint Dockery Guitar Lead/tenor
Ted Locke Fiddle Lead/bass
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/tenor
Florida Blues
2001
I'll Stay Around
Old Virginia
Florida Blues
Longing for the Old Days
Say, Won't You Be Mine
The Lord is My Light
Remington Ride
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
I Saw Your Face in the Moon
Drifting with the Tide
Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Paul and Silas
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Copper River Band


Musician Picks Sings
John Thompson Banjo
Thomas Porter Guitar Lead/tenor
Jim Govern Mandolin Tenor
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead/baritone
Copper River Band
2005
East Virginia Blues
Who's That Knocking at My Door
Many a Mile
Black Diamond
Aragon Mill
Wild Bill Jones
Don't Lie to Me
Say, Won't You Be Mine
Little White Church
Suzanne
Alley Cat
No Mother or Dad
This Weary Heart
Tennessee Waltz
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Copper River Band


Musician Picks Sings
Dick Brown Banjo Lead Baritone and  Bass
Thomas Porter Guitar Lead andTenor
Jim Govern Mandolin
Bob Denoncourt Bass Baritone
Doug Bartlett Fiddle Lead and Tenor
Trolley Days

2011

TKPIV0003

All songs written by Thomas Porter except "No More Room" and "Steady as She Goes" written by Thomas Porter and Doug Bartlett
Trolley Days
No More Room
Belt Buckle Polishing Song
Steady as She Goes
Chester Frost
God Bless My Home
Poor Sister Cry
That's a Fine, Fine Banjo Mr. Brown
Echos of your Name
Next Time's a Charm
Why Me?
Waves Crash Down on Me
Tool and Die
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X-Train

Musician Picks Sings
Ross Nickerson Banjo
Peter McLaughlin Guitar Lead and Baritone
Mark Miracle Mandolin Lead and Tenor
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead and Tenor
Jess Barry Fiddle
Thomas Porter Guitar Tenor
Live & Kickin' It

Recorded/Engineered 2010 by Old Blue Sound

Photo by Fran Denoncourt

Layout and Design by Mark Miracle
Song for Annabelle
California Cottonfields
So Long Arizona
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Girl I Love
Wild Bill Jones
Rain
Alice in Nogales
Train 45
Little Maggie
Kentucky Mandolin
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X-Train

Musician Picks Sings
Ross Nickerson Banjo
Peter McLaughlin Guitar Lead and Baritone
Mark Miracle Mandolin Lead and Tenor
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead and Tenor
Every Man for Himself
A Collection

A compilation of songs previously recorded by members of X-Train on albums with other bands.
Bluegrass Breakdown
Lonesome Road to Travel
Little Maggie
Augusta Ridge
Cole Younger
California Cottonfields
So Along Arizona
Feeling Low
Ghosts of the Walls
I Found Another Darlin'
This Weary Heart
Jerusalem Ridge
Last Train to Dixie
Roundhouse
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X-Train

Musician Picks Sings
Ross Nickerson Banjo Lead
Peter McLaughlin Guitar Lead and Baritone
Mark Miracle Mandolin Lead and Tenor
Bob Denoncourt Bass Lead and Tenor
Scott Collins Guitar Lead
X-Train Live Volume 2

Tracks 1-13 recorded live at LAVA in Tucson 2012
Engineered, mixed, and recorded my Mark LaVere

Tracks 14-15 recorded live at 23rd Harrietville National Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Convention 2011
Engineerd, mixed, and recorded by Mark Woods & Greg Bartlett

Tracks 2, 8, 11, 13
Peter McLaughlin Habanero Music, BMI

Tracks 14 & 15
Scott Collins
Why Don't You Tell Me So?
The Hermit Miner
In Despair
Feeling Low
I Found Another Darlin'
El Cumbanchero
This Weary Heart
Ghost of the Walls
Blue Ridge Mountain Girl
Kansas City
Alice in Nogales
Crying My Heart Out Over You
Valley of Virginia
Where I Found My Home
Rosewood
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