Appalachia Music

Day 2 of the JCCFS Fall Festival

The kudzu kickers

At 2:00 p.m. today The Pressley Girls will be performing at the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival on the Festival Barn Stage. Yesterday was a great day for a festival the weather was perfect and as usual the artists, crafters, and performers out did themselves-we had a great time and I do believe everyone else that was there did too! I enjoyed seeing more than a few Blind Pig Readers and I so appreciate them taking the time out of their day to spend a few minutes talking with the girls and me along with a few other nice things they did for us.

The girls will be doing In The Garden during their set today. The video below was filmed at the Folk School during a concert back in June. They’ve been doing the song for a good while now. In the beginning Paul and I played along with them, but over time we realized just the one guitar and their two-part harmony was all it needed.

My favorite part of the song is at the end of the third verse that they sing together. I love Chitter’s high sweet voice on the word calling. If Pap could hear me say that he’d say “Yes but Chatter’s voice below it helps-it takes both voices to make it sound like that. That’s what harmony is.” And he would have been right, but mostly he would have been trying to encourage both girls equally. Pap was an encouraging person. Whether he ran across an old friend who was down on his luck or a kid he’d never met before that was trying to throw just the right curve across home-plate he had an encouraging word to share with them.

For those of you who can’t attend, I hope you enjoyed a peek into today’s fall festival and for those of you who do come, I hope you have time to say hello to us.



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    jane childers
    October 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    When I was growing up my daddy was not a very good man. He was often mean to my mama and there was nothing we kids could do. I grew up afraid of him. But after I got married and out of the house that changed. When my first baby was born my daddy started going to church and although he had been saved when he was young he wasn’t living like it up until he started back to church. That was one of my daddy’s favorite songs, I can still hear his deep voice singing it even though he has been gone since 1982. I am so thankful that he came back to the Lord and my Mama had some good pleasant times before he died.

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    Will Leith
    October 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks Tipper for sharing this video, it is one of my favorites ever and the girls do a superb job on this great old number, you guys are all just great… Will Leith

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    October 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Robert-sorry about the glitch! I would try closing the page out and re-opening it to see if that fixes the issue. And if you were trying to watch the video-try going straight to youtube to see it here is the link: Please let me know if I can help in any other way : )

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    Robert L Loftis
    October 3, 2016 at 12:16 am

    i did something to the page and now the music wont platy.Any ideas why?What controls the songs from the videos?

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    Pam Danner
    October 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Chitter and Chatter sounded just beautiful! What a blessing!

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    October 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve listened to The Pressley Girls an awful lot, and “In the Garden” is one of my favorites. Wish I could have been at the Festival Barn to see all the entertainment. …Ken

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    October 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    What a blessing hearing Chatter and Chitter in a hymn I love (and they did it so well!): “In the Garden.” I know the festival must have been wonderful. I wish I could have attended! Best wishes to them on their full, busy schedule! They are appearing in so many places, and I know they are always a hit wherever they sing (or clog, or play!). Congratulations, dear Pressley girls! Their mother’s hard work (and that of Pap and Paul) has come to wonderful fruition!

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    B. Ruth
    October 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    What can I say…Just beautiful!
    Just wish we could have been there today!
    Thanks for this post,

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    October 2, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Tipper, that song was beautifully sung by your girls. I think that is my favorite song I’ve heard them sing.

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    Cynthia Schoonover
    October 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Chatter and Chitter’s voices are so angelic! Such a lovely rendition of an old favorite.

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    October 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    They are so blessed with that talent, but I suppose we forget it takes a lot of work and focus. They did so well with this old favorite. Thanks for such a beautiful song on Sunday.

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    Bill Burnett
    October 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I have to concur with Pap, the combination of their voices is what makes it work so well.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    October 2, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful and so meaningful to me! My mother use to sing that song when she was working in her gardens. When she stopped gardening, I got four cross ties and made her a very special flower garden – which she could see as she sat by her window! She lived to age 95. But her sister, Mary, lived to 104! So I have high hope for getting there! As I am just like my mama.
    Fondly, Eva Nell

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    Ann Applegarth
    October 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

    What a sweet way to begin this Sunday morning!

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    Gayle Larson
    October 2, 2016 at 8:28 am

    In The Garden and The Little Brown Church In the Dale were my father’s favorite hymns so they were the first songs I learned to play on the piano. I still play them today. They are ingrained in my brain forever and still love them.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 2, 2016 at 8:20 am

    You make me wish again that I had known your Dad. One of the most remarkable of all human traits is that of putting someone else first. An encourager does that. Somewhere I read that at bottom courtesy is putting the other person first. I wish I were more that kind of person.
    Thanks to you and the girls for the song to begin a Sunday. Hope your alls’ will be one to treasure in pleasant memory.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 2, 2016 at 7:35 am

    The festival was great yesterday and the girls did a splendid job clogging. There sure was a LOT of people there. I wonder if it wasn’t a record.
    There was fine craftsmanship in every direction you turned and lots of food to be had as well. I am always overwhelmed at the size of the festival and the number of folks attending.
    The entertainment was the best and I look forward to hearing the Pressley Girls today!

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