Welcome to another Sunday Morning Coffee music show but this show has a major difference. We move away from the stars, the incredibly talented, the TV programme and return to where music lives, music belongs: with ordinary people, playing together, passing on tunes and skills, enjoying their music in their own homes.
Real music. That’s what I celebrate today and I celebrate all those who play and jam at home, with friends, but I do so in the company of The MountnMonkeys.
Never heard of The MountnMonkeys? Don’t worry, neither have they. As far as I am aware they don’t have a name: they just enjoy a jam.
Why then “The MountnMonkeys”? Because one of the players posts their videos under the name of “MountnMonkey” and, so, I christened them. They all live in and around Huntington in West Virginia.
Get your coffee, sit back and enjoy real live music at home, or in the kitchen or garage.
Black Mountain Rag
Fiddle: Jim Marshall
Mandolin: Mike Marshall (Jim's son)
Lead Guitar; Ron berry (Mountnmonkey)
Real garage music! And a lovely bright start.
Those 3 players are major figures in all the videos. occasionally we get a wider view and see just how many are playing.
Midnight on Water
Earl (cat) makes a brief but silent appearance in this video of a beautiful tune.
We move back to the garage and on to the fastest brightest blues I’ve ever heard but I don’t care. It’s brill!
East Tennessee Blues
We have our first vocal now with Ron singing of an old man, with his dog, whose time is almost up.
My Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
We add a second fiddler now who is well-known in Huntington for his skill, his knowledge and his teaching – Tom Kingery.
I have no idea who was Billy Williams but from this tune I don’t think he could ever have been described as dour.
I feel like one now. That has lifted my spirits …. high! Yes!!!
Only two more from The MountnMonkeys and we hear now another lively tune.
Another magic tune and mandolin solo.
We come to the end of this weeks show with another song from Ron.
Life is like a Mountain Railroad
I hope you enjoyed today’s show with a difference.
Music is for us all and by us all. The stars are great but below them are many many people who make great music without any hopes of stardom. Real music is here.
Thanks Ron, Jim, Mike and all your unseen friends who are an important part of your music. If you want to hear more of The MountnMonkeys then visit Ron and his friends here.
Well, that’s it for another week. I’m off to listen to this music again. I hope you enjoyed your coffee and the music. Tune in again next week and thanks for listening.