Ashokan Farewell – 3:41 – Written by Jay Ungar, 1982 (Instrumental, Old-Time, Celtic, Acoustic, Strings)
Vi: Ashokan Farewell is a mournful waltz, written by upstate New York fiddler, Jay Ungar. It was my Grandma’s favorite song. Every time I visited her in the nursing home, I would play it for her before I would leave. I also had a chance to play harmonies on this tune with Jay Ungar, at Ashokan. That was a magical moment.
Justin: The classic fiddle tune that sounds like it was written 200 years ago! This one was actually penned in the 1980’s by Jay Ungar and was used for the Ken Burns PBS documentary on the Civil War. Even though it’s relatively new, it has the comfortable sound of a golden chestnut from days of yore.
…They play so beautifully together that it’s hard to imagine these two award winning fiddlers are not twins. I love this!
Folk Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
…This wonderful album will surely touch your heart and feet!
Dr. David “Doc” Wallace
Violist/Fiddler/Strings Department Chair, Berklee College of Music
About the Album
Bringing together old time fiddling and the spirit of western swing, Vi Wickam and Justin Branum team up to capture that heart and soul of the old west.
Vi and Justin first met playing in fiddle contests around the mid-west, and became fast friends. They each appreciated the other’s musicianship, and musical sensibilities.
When Vi moved back to Colorado in 2009, the one thing he missed about living in Indiana was getting to jam with his fiddle buddies, and particularly Justin.
In 2016, when Justin and Vi formed an impromptu duet at the National Twin Fiddle Championships and finished in the top 5 overall, the inspiration for this album was born.