Freddie Vanderford Coming to Quarantunes this Friday
Quarantunes continues this Friday evening with 2010 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Recipient Freddie Vanderford, performing Piedmont blues harmonica. Growing up in Buffalo, SC, Vanderford first learned to play the mouth harp, or harmonica, from his grandfather, who played “old mountain songs” on the instrument. Initially, Vanderford blended the country style of his grandfather with the sound of the Chicago blues. However, an encounter with the Piedmont blues of Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson would forever change Vanderford’s musical style.
In the 1960s, Vanderford first heard Peg Leg Sam play the blues on the radio. When the Union County teenager discovered that the blues harpist and former medicine show performer lived nearby, he set out to meet him, hoping to learn something of his skill and his style. The two eventually developed a close relationship, from which Vanderford learned a great deal about the Piedmont blues. Today, his music is one of the closest links to the early masters of a unique musical tradition. Catch this amazing performance of Piedmont blues harmonica this Friday, May 8th at 7 pm EST! Want a sneak peek? Check out our Scenes from FOLKFabulous 2019 on our Youtube channel.
Quarantunes is just a small piece of McKissick Museum’s mission to support the traditional arts in South Carolina. As you enjoy the sights and sounds of these influential artists, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to support the McKissick Museum. Your support will help ensure the continuation of South Carolina’s traditional arts and FOLKFabulous for years to come!