Brooklyn-born George "Smoke" Dawson was an itinerant musician all of his life, and generally an impoverished one, as he bounced back and forth between New York and the West Coast, with stays in North Carolina and Virginia, through the 1960s and up until the 1990s, when cancer and ill health forced him to settle in Spokane, Washington. He played banjo and fiddle in the old-time Appalachian string band style, and he developed a fascination for bagpipes, as well, all of which made him a distinctive street musician and busker
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Reissue of Smoke Dawson's 1971 private press LP, 'Fiddle,' out on Tompkins Square, August 19th. George 'Smoke' Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and lots of tragedy. But he's still with us. Tompkins Square reissues his only album, a remarkable 1971 private press LP, on August 19th, 2014.
Artist: Smoke Dawson. Fiddle: Best 2 songs. Smoke Dawson - Cacklin' Hen 01:18. Smoke Dawson - Forked Deer 01:40. Smoke Dawson: best 2 tracks. Smoke Dawson - Cacklin' Hen Fiddle, 2014 01:18. Smoke Dawson - Forked Deer Fiddle, 2014 01:40. Artist: Smoke Dawson.
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Brooklyn-born George "Smoke" Dawson was an itinerant musician all of his life, and generally an impoverished one, as he bounced back and forth between New York and the West Coast, with stays in North Carolina and Virginia, through the 1960s and up until the 1990s, when cancer and ill health forced him to settle in Spokane, Washington. Smoke Dawson Fiddle LP 17 Track Released 08/09/14 US Tompkins Square 2014. Brand new: lowest price.
|A1||John Brown's Dream||2:51|
|A2||Wild Goose Chase||2:26|
|A3||The Girl I Left Behind Me||1:29|
|A4||Connaughtman's Rambles Devil's Dream Marche Venerie||3:44|
|A7||Turkey In The Straw||0:55|
|A8||The Black Hussars||2:22|
|B5||Flowers Of Edinburgh||1:37|
|B7||Flop Eared Mule||1:54|
|B8||Lark In The Morn||0:53|
- Recorded At – Annapolis Sound
- Producer – Oliver's Fiddle Works
|TSQ 5036||Smoke Dawson*||Fiddle (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Tompkins Square||TSQ 5036||US||2014|
|TSQ 5043||Smoke Dawson||Fiddle (LP, Album, RE, RM)||Tompkins Square||TSQ 5043||US||2014|