Vinyl Giveaway: Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia band Marah is best known for their blistering roots rock; but with their new album, Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, which comes out next week, the band has stepped back in time to a world of long lost folk songs.
Shortly after Marah’s David Bielanko and Christine Smith relocated from Brooklyn to rural Pennsylvania, they found a copy of Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, an obscure, century-old collection of song lyrics that folklorist Henry Shoemaker compiled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Inspired, Bielanko and Smith wrote new original music, reworked a few lyrics, and enlisted eight-year old fiddle prodigy Gus Tritsch to play on the album, which they recorded to tape at an old church in Millheim, Pennsylvania.
We’ve got a vinyl copy of Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania (which comes with both a CD insert and digital download code) to give to one Engine 145 reader. To enter the contest, leave a comment below mentioning your favorite song about Pennsylvania before 12 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 24. A winner will be notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.
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