Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home (feat. Albanie Falletta) – 3:35 – Written By Hughie Cannon, 1902 (Vocal Duet, Swing, Ragtime, Dixieland)
Vi: I chose Bill Bailey in memory of Bill Barr, my dad’s long time ragtime piano playing music partner. Bill would really go to town on his ragtime piano and my dad would play right along on his tenor banjo. Those were some of my best times growing up. We wanted to bring the feel of a Dixieland swing jam to this song, so we enlisted the beautiful voice and energy of traditional jazz singer and songwriter, Albanie Falletta to sing with me. Albanie hails from New Orleans, and brings its Joy in full!
Justin: A standard from the trad. jazz repertoire, this one features Vi with New Orleans based singer Albany Falletta. I was trying hard to channel the mandolin playing of western swing great, Johnny Gimble!
…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.