Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Scrapple Creek Runners
Based in northern Delaware, the Scrapple Creek Runners are an American roots music group featuring Patrick Corcoran on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Sarah Larsen on fiddle, JC Bell on mandolin and banjo, and Dave Atherton on stand-up bass (though it is my understanding that Dave is on his way out of the band). Their oeuvre consists of songs steeped in American history and tradition; they largely perform old-timey traditional songs like "Shady Grove", "Soldier's Joy" and "Goin' to See Aunt Betsy When I Die", though they have done a few more (somewhat) contemporary covers written in that traditional vein, like Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans" and Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". They even occasionally bust out an original song, like the eerie "Faces in the Water" which, if I remember correctly, is based on an old Delaware folktale.
Their performances are energetic and fun, with ace performances from each member and an occasional historical anecdote from resident history nerd Corcoran. Like any good American trad band, they play anywhere they're allowed, from bars to festivals to street corners. They recently recorded a demo, featuring studio recordings made with traditional bluegrass recording methods including condenser microphones and a portion of a live set played at Mojo Main in Newark.
Get the demo here.
Check out their ReverbNation page and their Facebook page.
Recommended if you like: O'Death, The Holy Modal Rounders, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, The Dubliners, Old Crow Medicine Show, Michael Hurley