Early & Random Encounters
Indiana Folklife Project & more
July 16, 1981. Millard Barger (Paragon) - fiddle.
July 17, 1981. Maurice "Mousy" Wininger - piano & Ken Smelser (Paoli) - piano.
July 23, 1981. James Atkinson (Indianapolis) - fiddle & ragtime piano. With Barbara Atkinson - piano.
August 9, 1981. Everett "Smoky" Morgan (Birdseye) - fiddle.
[Recordings from this session are missing.]
August 10, 1981. Powell Cummings & Ken Smelser (Paoli) - fiddle.
September ??, 1981. Walter Zuercher (Berne) - accordion & vocals (Swiss).
November 27, 1981. Ken Smelser (Paoli) - fiddle.
August 5, 1981. Gus's Gang (Huntingburg).
August 8, 1981. Satkamp Family Band (Huntingburg).
August 15, 1981. Walter & Brian Seitz (Dubois).
August 15, 1981. Herb Wenning (Portersville) - fiddle. Part of the Wenning Family Band played for me in their living room. Mike (age 15) accompanied his dad's fiddle on guitar. Janet (age 16) provided some dance calls.
August 15, 1981. Louise & the Country Gentlemen (Haysville).
September 26, 1981. Harold Haug (Ferdinand) - fiddle.
September 26, 1981. Joe Witzberger (St. Henry) - mandolin. This golden wedding anniversary celebration in the parish hall was one of the last gigs played by Joe Witzberger & the Rhythmaires. From Ferdinand, Joe had long been a fiddler and band leader in demand. He later switched to mandolin because of arthritis. The first two numbers are nearly forgotten, for special dances.