Yesterday I posted the lyrics to one of our favorite island songs, Paddy's Holler, written by island native Walter Howard, and performed by Molasses Creek. Leonard left a comment directing readers to an Internet web site where several of Edgar Howard's tunes are posted, including Paddy's Holler. Edgar and Walter were brothers who played the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s & 1930s with celebrities such as Milton Berle, Gene Autry, and Al Jolson.
You can click here to go directly to the web site, rhapsody.com, where they have posted the entire Folkways album, Between the Sound and the Sea, released January 1, 1977. This album features sixteen tracks of traditional Outer Banks music by local artists, including a number of Ocracoke natives (Elizabeth Howard, Edgar Howard, Jule Garrish, Maurice Ballance, and my father, Lawton Howard).
Thanks to Leonard for alerting us to this on-line collection of North Carolina's coastal music! I hope you enjoy listening to Edgar playing his banjo, and singing Paddy's Holler and other tunes, and listening to the other Outer Banks musicians (some of whom are very quirky).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates the majestic live oaks on Ocracoke Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.