USA : Fiddler Benton Flippen in North Carolina
Banning Eyre embarks on a journey across the state of North Carolina to hear the music and stories of some of the older players and singers who can trace a direct line back to before the age of the radio and the gramophone, to when Old Time music was a strictly oral tradition.
89 year-old Benton Flippen and his Smokey Valley boys, are remnants of a past age and of the heyday of Old Time stringband music, having learnt their tunes at the knee of their parents and grandparents. It won't be long before the last of this generation has passed, and those guardians of the flame, who knew this music as a vital pre-modern part of everyday life in the rural south are with us no longer.
Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys — Cotton Eyed Joe
Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys — Fortune
Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys — Cackling Hen
BBC recording at the home of Benton Flippen, Mt Airy, North Carolina, USA: 7th June 2009