Appalachia Music

Music From The Union County Historical Society – Until Then

Pap and Chatter tuning up

Pap and Chatter tuning up

I had a hard time picking which videos to share with you from our show the other night. I finally settled on the following 3:

Until Then-written by Stuart Hamblin. Paul and Pap’s harmony is amazing on this one. I could listen to it all day long. Paul asked the crowd if they knew who Stuart Hamblin was-well over half of them did. He is most well known for his song It Is No Secret.

I’ll Fly Away. Silly Paul explained to the audience how they’d have to bare with him while he tried to play the mandolin on this one-then he tore it up all the way through the song.

Baerendans. Chitter learned this old fiddle tune during Dance Musicians Week at the folk school. I’ve had it going around in my head every since. She thinks it is an old German or Danish tune.


I hope you enjoyed the peek into the show!



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    Pete Babacheck
    April 10, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    I know I’m waking up an old thread.
    Like you, I’ve had Baerendans in my head since I heard it on your website years ago. It’s been a dinkins trying to find any tab for it on the ‘net. A Google search only seems to brings up Blind Pig. I’m just getting into mountain dulcimer. I finally found the YouTube video of one of the girls playing it. I’m gonna tab it myself and make it one of the first tunes I learn. Thanks.

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      April 11, 2021 at 6:50 am

      Pete-thanks! I still love the tune in fact now that you’ve made me think of it again I’m going to demand we play it later today 🙂

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    Tim Mc
    August 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Woow,, that was good, the acoustics was just right, you all did a great job, the girls are really coming along with their vocals and playing. Enjoyed it very much..

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    August 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Hi Tipper and family,what a day of great music,I just can’t thank you all enought.Keep up the great work.God bless. jean

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    Ferne Kellow
    August 27, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Congratulations on a wonderful performance, and thanks for sharing the videos.

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    August 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    That was so wonderful! Your girls have turned into such talented musicians. Wish I could have been there!

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    David Templeton
    August 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    If I could be there you’d have to throw rocks at me to get me to leave. What a wonderful performance … what a special family. A treasure for us to enjoy.

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    August 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Stephen-thank you! And well be performing for the JCCFSs Friday Night Concert Series on October 5th at 7:00pm and then again on Oct. 7th at the JCCFSs Fall Festival-at 2:00pm.
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Stephen Ammons
    August 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I could write a short essay on what i thought of the videos or I can sum it up in one word. EXCELLENT !!!!
    I am going to ask a favor and that being when y’all have another upcoming event could you please let us know a couple of weeks in advance. I have all sorts of vacation time saved at work but have to let them know a little in advance. Would love to meet all of you and hear y’all live. Might even be able to talk Ed into coming with me if he can stand my driving. Thanks 🙂

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    dolores barton
    August 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    OMG! Such a beautiful night to remember. Harmony and music were just perfect. I enjoyed every minute. I thought something had happened to you when I couldn’t find a post yesterday. I thought I deleted it; went through my deleted mail about five times. I thought I had done something to your post. Thanks for letting us know that I wasn’t crazy. You guys are just a perfect presentation. Wish I could have been there.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    August 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Sam Ensley, past president of the Union County Historical Society and an excellent musician himself, summed up well the talent, dedication, family togetherness and willingness to share of the whole Blind Pig Family! I was so very proud of all of you and SO wanted to be there to hear and see you in person! I can’t help but think that all our wonderful ancestors who loved and sang this music–some producing it as well, for talent was rampant in our Appalachian area–were looking over “the battlements of heaven: and cheering all of you on! How can I say thank you? When I didn’t get “Blind Pig” on Saturday, I went on Google and searched it out. It’s so much a part of my day that I really miss it when a post goes “agley” as Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote years ago. Congatulations to all of you! Loved seeing and hearing the video. I loved Pap and Paul’s excellent harmony on “Until Then.” I elated to Paul’s mandolin playing to enhance Chitter and Chatter’s duet on the beloved “I’ll Fly Away”! And then Chitter’s “Baerendans” so expretly performed on the fiddle (violin) was a change of pace and thought-provoking number. [And Tipper, you play an excellent guitar accompaniment!] Thanks, thanks, thanks to all of you!

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    Uncle Al
    August 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    To the “Gang” I say “amen”. If those three are indicative of the rest, I’m sure sad I wasn’t there. Hope to catch other parts another time.

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    August 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’d like to give a shout out to
    the Barnard boy that videoed the
    concert songs. I talked with him
    briefly afterwards, noticed one
    hand bandaged up from cutting it
    on roofing tin. But he still did
    a good job with the camera.
    I’m glad I went! My dad would have
    been 102 the day of the concert.

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    Joy Newer
    August 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    You all were so good i would have given anything to have been there. Thank you for the sharing. Grandmother Joy.

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    Ron Perry
    August 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Wonderful…you guys are destined for big things.

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    August 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing!It was GRAND!

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    Sam Ensley
    August 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    On behalf of the Union County Historical Society I want to thank all of you for one of the very best concerts we have presented in the Old Courthouse on the Square. In my lifetime I have heard some top musicians in the old building such as Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, Molly O’Day, etc. None of them were one bit better than your performance.
    I also admire and respect each of you, individually, for your talent, closeness of family, and all of the other traits that make you such fine examples of humanity.
    I certainly wish y’all could have made the Heritage Festival next week-end. Maybe next year.
    Thanks again,

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    Bill Burnett
    August 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Great Job, as usual. I enjoyed the appetizer now where’s the entree.

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    B. ruth
    August 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Tipper, Tipper, Tipper,
    Only three videos….shucks!
    Well, I’ll just have to watch them over and over…Hope we can see the TV viewing here.
    Looks to me like you all were well behaved in the courtroom, and I had thoughts of you dancing around in the Georgia moonlight..!
    Sure wish I could have been there, loved the sound with the acoustics in the room…
    Great Post, Tipper and Gang

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    Don Casada
    August 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Boy, I would’ve loved to have been there. A beautiful place, and great music. Paul’s singing and Pap’s harmony on “Until Then” had tears running down my cheeks this mountain morning. The room acoustics seem like they were just made for that song.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    August 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Most excellent! I wish I could have been there. We have sang Until Then in church. Ya’ll done good.

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    Gary Miller
    August 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    WOW! I’m so glad you posted these Tipper. This was as close as I could get to being there. The videos were incredible and I enjoyed everyone of them. You are so fortunate to have a family of truly talented musicians.

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    Jim Casada
    August 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Tipper–Mighty FINE!! And beyond enjoying the music, I learned something. There you were strumming a guitar, when I thought you were limited to bass fiddle. I was also delighted you chose “I’ll Fly Away,” because it offered yet another glimpse of the Renaissance-like talents of Paul. There’s something so soul-gathering about the sound of a mandolin, and he plays it with ability and aplomb. It increasingly looks like one of these days I’ll be able to say “Why I Knew the Blind Pig Gang back when they were just a bunch of talented mountain folks from Brasstown.”
    I had wondered what happened to Saturday’s post and now I know. I was afraid maybe you’d gone down to Georgia and the devil got you or else a talent scout had lured the whole gang off to Nashville.
    Finally, I’m glad Ken was in the audience to make sure that those in attendance were leavened by a good dose of a hillbilly come to town.
    Jim Casada

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    August 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Must have been great! I have walked by that court house many times but never been inside.
    Those girls sure know how to harmonize and the fact that they are twins gives them a genetic edge. I enjoyed all the songs by the Gang; I wanted to come there so bad.
    Tipper, you looked cool with those dark rimmed Buddy Holly glasses! Well, you did.

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    August 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

    You are so right about Pap and Paul’s amazing harmony when they did Until Then. Chitter knocked ’em out on that fiddle playing, didn’t she? Thanks for sharing! Maybe I will go back and listen again before I head out the door.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Thanks Tipper
    I am truly impressed! The acoustics in that courtroom must have been wonderful and the sounds from the jury box equally as amazing. Oh, how I wish I could have been there.
    Is there no end to Paul’s skills? I’ll bet he could play a lard can with a string stretched across it.
    I am glad I got what I wanted, not what I expected, in Chitter’s choice of music. It’s not the same old bow bouncing, string sawing crap we have learned to expect. It’s NOT Nashville! But it IS in the style of our traditional Appalachian music. I Loved it!!!
    I can’t wait to see it all on TV!

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    Miss Cindy
    August 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

    That is some kind of COOL! The acoustics in the courthouse are really good.
    Tipper I could really see and hear you play ….for the first time.
    I look forward to seeing the whole show. I’m so proud of you guys. You did a great job.

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    August 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Thank you sooooooo much for sharing!!! Love all!!!

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    August 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

    What more can I say? Chitter is such a talented young singer. And I thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos. Congratulations!

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    August 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Wish I could have been there. Know it must have been alot of fun. Enjoyed the videos. Such great family harmony. Thanks for sharing.

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