A Punter’s Perspective
Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage
#17 Kids in Folk pt II: Almira Fawn (US)
First published in Trad and Now magazine, September 2009
Last year I wrote a column about two young performers from New South Wales (then aged 11 years old), and I had cunning plans to make a semi-regular feature in my monthly A Punter’s Perspective column in Trad and Now magazine to focus specifically on younger performers.
Plans are funny things, aren’t they? We have endless fun making them, and then so often simply file them under ‘F’ for forgotten.
Or ‘I’ for ‘I’ll get back to that…’.
And then a funny thing happened on the way to a singing session one cold Saturday night in Canberra.
The radio announced a burgeoning young star from Lexington, Kentucky and I was hopelessly hooked.
I was stopped in the carpark outside Woolies in Dickson (Canberra), and found myself unable to get out of the car.
Instead, I sat transfixed to the Woodsongs Old Time Music Hour program, and the story of Almira Fawn (aged 11 at the time of recording, having turned 12 in the intervening few months).
It’s quite a story, and one which could stretch over a year’s worth of articles, were there time to tell them all.
Six billion eccentrics wander the earth
To me right, file diddle i ay…
– Peter Morton, Northumbria
This is the story of Almira Fawn, collected over the phone while talking with Almira, her dad Don, and mum Umi in Lexington, Kentucky. Also patched through via conference phone to Almira’s manager of sorts, Beau, who runs a community radio station (The Penguin 106.7FM) in Wilmington, North Carolina.