NEW SOLO ALBUM 'PROSPECT HILL' OUT JULY 22
Dom Flemons – the American songster whose new album 'Prospect Hill' comes out July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation – carries on a traditional instrument
he learned from Mike Seeger. Flemons demonstrates and talks about the
panpipe-like instrument in this video.
Flemons told me, "Most audiences, they've never seen anything like that.
Whoa!" He first picked it up from Mike Seeger at a Black Banjo
Gathering. Flemons said, "He was a revelation, making new music out of
traditional music elements. He was the only guy I heard playing the
quills. I met him and asked him where I could get quills. He showed me a
couple of things. I'm the last living black quills player in the
Another inspiration was the 1920s recordings by songster Henry Thomas,
who has been covered by Bob Dylan and Canned Heat, and 1960s recordings
by Joe Patterson. Hear Henry Thomas' "Old Country Stomp" here.
Playing the Newport Folk Fest, Flemons befriended Bob Jones and Murray
Lerner, who led him to footage of Alabama's Joe Patterson, the only
known historical footage of a quills player. Flemons says, "With Mike
included, there are four quills players whose recordings are readily
available. You blow over it like you're blowing over a bottle. It's a
Flemons' new solo album 'Prospect Hill' comes out July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation.