Friday, January 09, 2009

Between the Sound and the Sea

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,, 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.


  1. Anonymous10:25 AM

    In relation to Paddy's Holler, what is the story of Mad Mag?

  2. See the post for Saturday, January 10, 2009 for more about Mad Mag.

  3. Anonymous3:23 AM

    Musicians are quirky but a child that was perhaps kidnapped and subjected to who knows what, quirky neighbors? Left on a remote island for long periods of time --is MAD -- Mad Mag and they write a song about her and however she inspires a satirical publication MAD MAGazine

  4. Thanks for posting this information about this Smithsonian Folkways recording.

    If you are interested in a CD version of this recording or reading the original liner notes online (free of charte), please visit the Smithsonian Folkways website:



    David Horgan
    Smithsonian Folkways

  5. Walter T. Howard Jr11:39 AM

    The words have been slightly altered but my dad's song is still the unofficial anthem of Ocracoke.