Salt River

As played by Norman Edmonds from the Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in A mixolydian

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

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Field recording of Norman Edmonds (MP3 available at


This is a really cool version of Salt River from Virginia fiddler Norman Edmonds. This is a good example of traditional mountain fiddling from the well-known Galax area of Virginia. I really like this version. There’s a good bit of the Nashville Shuffle bowing pattern, but combined with some other sophisticated bowing.

Cross-tune to AEAE.

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Salt River (Salt Creek)

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