Marcus Martin is considered one of the finest old-time fiddle players from western North Carolina. His legendary fiddling style can now be heard on a new CD produced by the Southern Folklife Collection and the North Carolina Folklife Institute.
When I Get My New House Done: Western North Carolina Fiddle Tunes and Songs contains 26 tunes, played by Marcus Martin and recorded in the field during the 1940s by Alan Lomax and others.
Many of the tunes on this CD will be familiar to fans of old-time and bluegrass music. Familiar tunes include songs like Sally Goodin, Gray Eagle, Cumberland Gap, Possum up a Gum Stump and John Henry. Others are a bit more obscure, such as How the Squire Courted Nancy or Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night.
The CD is available for order, and sound samples for three tunes can be heard, from the North Carolina Folklife Institute.