Wayne & Margaret Martin

Location: R.A. Fountain

Due to a death in his family, Rich Hartness had to cancel his scheduled appearance with the Buggy Riders, but half the Riders, Wayne and Margaret Martin, performed two fine sets of old-time, mountain, and traditional music, including several tunes from Wayne’s latest project: the brand-new 2-disc CD compilation Going down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont, 1975-1998, which was published by the Raleigh-based Pinecone.

On his radio appearance on today’s “State of Things,” Wayne Martin explained to Frank Stasio that the Piedmont style of banjo was played by finger-picking, rather than the better known claw-hammer style of the mountain pickers.

And he promised our small but enthusiastic crowd that he’d be working on a CD of traditional music from East Carolina soon.

One of the evening’s highlights was the mini-set of Carolina Tobacco Tags tunes they performed with Lightnin’ Wells. Their dueling mandolins was something to see.

Lightnin’ broke out his mandolin for the first time at RAF.

Tags: acoustic Americana, Appalachian, bluegrass, old-time