Thrift is an old-time fiddle player from North Carolina who first picked up the instrument while on a trip to British Columbia in 1974. Completely self-taught, Thrift honed his skills by listening to lots of the music and even spent time with the Greengrass Cloggers to learn more of the old-time culture.
Returning to North Carolina in the 80’s, he became acquainted with the legendary fiddler Tommy Jarrell, spending hours with the man, picking up the philosophy of playing how one feels about a tune. This all-original project reflects Thrift’s approach to the music and is an accumulation of his tunes created over the years. He also plays guitar and does a couple of vocals.
He is joined here by Gina Dilg (fiddle), Mark Olitsky (banjo), Joe Dejarnette (guitar), Jason Dilg (guitar, banjo), March Schatz (bass), David Sawyer (guitar), and Tammy Sawyer (bass). He has co-written ten of the selections with Gina Gilg who provides the second fiddle, and all the songs feature Mark Olitsky on very tasteful claw-hammer banjo.
Selections include title cut “One More,” “Boliver” about Tommy Jerrell’s dog, “Bob’s Farewell,” his first tune, “Impeached” is about too much peach brandy, “Sunny South” features Thrift’s pleasant vocal, and “Little Boy In The Boat,” Thrift’s fun with a canoe. “Galax Waltz” is a pretty tune written while at Galax’s Fiddle Convention, and there is “Real American” about the history of Native Americans.” Thrift’s project is a very nice collection of old-timey fiddling with unison claw-hammer banjo from Olitsky.