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The Players: The Tunes: (music clips coming soon!)
Betty Vornbrock - fiddle
Billy Cornette - guitar
Andy Buckman - banjo

Doug Smith, who guests on faux-bass guitar
1. Big Scioti
2. Twin Sisters
3. Chilly Winds
4. Wolves in the Wood
5. Lost Girl
6. Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
7. 28th of January
8. White Rose Waltz
9. Logan County Blues
10. Sugar Babe
11. Cold Frosty Morning
12. Ducks on the Pond
13. Old Time John Henry
14. Green River Waltz
15. Shelvin' Rock
16. Dusty Miller
17. Shades of the Yellow Rose 
18. Waiting for Nancy
19. Little Rose
20. Camp Chase
21. Uncle Henry

Old-Time dance tunes, dark tunes & waltzes

The players: (those who appear on this recording- for updated bios, please visit: BIOS)
Betty Vornbrock ~ fiddle
Betty has been fiddling a variety of styles since the early '70s. She has lived several years in rural West Virginia and now Southwest Virginia, with a stint in Austin Texas in between. Her inspiration is drawn from the playing of Kentucky fiddler - JP Fraley, West Virginia fiddler - Wilson Douglas, and Eastern Tennessee's Ralph Blizard as well as the recordings of Ed Haley, the Hammons Family, Edn Hammons and others who have gone before. 
Billy Cornette ~ guitar
Billy Cornette  has been a great fan of folk & traditional music most of his life.  Born in Kentucky to a family of fiddlers and musicians, he was exposed to a variety of country musicians & early Bluegrass greats. After moving to Virginia in 1989, he decided to connect back to some of these roots by teaching himself fiddle and guitar. He & Betty met in 1990 at a local jam session, and he's concentrated on playing back-up guitar to her fiddling ever since. He & Betty married in 1995. They grow Christmas trees on their farm north of Hillsville, in Carroll County, Va., where Betty also runs her custom sewing business, "Autumn Wind".
Andy Buckman ~ clawhammer banjo
Andy has studied the banjo styles of many areas, having lived in Turkey Foot, North Carolina in the 1970s, Canada in the 1980s and now rural Floyd County, Virginia. His influences include Wade Ward, Fred Cockerham, Dwight Diller, the Hammonses and Jackie Horvath.
He is known for his sensitivity on the banjo and his ability to 'fit in' with most any style of O-T fiddling. After playing with the Rounders from 1994-1999, he is now busy with a new career, wife and child.

and special guest from the Corn Drinkers:
Doug Smith ~ faux-bass guitar*

Doug lives near Dayton, Ohio, where he plays with the Corn Drinkers. Doug graciously joined the Rounders for a few tunes on this recording, providing that bottom end sound with his incredible pre-war Martin D18.
* no, not a different instrument, just his role as the master of the bass-line!


Many thanks to all our friends who pick, dance, sing & listen.

"Wolves in the Wood" is available on cassette, and a dwindling supply of CDs

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Billy Cornette
715 Peacock Dr.
Hillsville, VA 24343

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Here are a few record reviews of  Wolves in the Wood
Old-Time Herald:    "This cassette (and CD) of 21 instrumentals features the fine fiddling of Betty Vornbrock. The majority of the selections are modal tunes and waltzes, and the group is at their best with these pieces. Frankly, Betty is one of the best waltz fiddlers I've ever heard.
   Andy Buckman's melodic banjo compliments Vornbrock's fiddling very well. The mix is a good one, nicely highlighting the interplay between the fiddle and banjo."
~Dale Morris 
Fiddler Magazine:    "Betty's fiddle and Andy Buckman's banjo are of one mind as they wend their ways through these tunes. Billy Cornette's guitar shadows the two melodic adventurers.
   This set of well-played tunes should be in every old-time music lover's library. Even if you think you already know these tunes, these folks have put something special into them that makes them come alive all over again."
~Bob Buckingham 
The Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette:    "The Rounders know their music and are comfortable playing together. With tasty versions of 21 well-chosen tunes, "Wolves in the Wood" offers the right balance of fiddle, banjo & guitar."
                                                                                                       ~Paul Gartner 
The Old Time News:
(Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance,
FOAOTMAD Gainsborough, England):  
  "I sometimes feel that some of the modern Old Time bands play dance tunes too fast to dance to, so perhaps that's why I like this tape so much. Many of the tunes are well-known ones but not played in that kind of frantic way that takes all the swing and subtlety out of them. And subtle & tasteful is what this playing is, without losing any of the drive and rhythm essential to this music."
                                                                                                       ~Fiona Cameron

Bluegrass Unlimited:     "The Reed Island Rounders is an old-time trio that has a firm grasp of things old-time and melodic. There are some mighty fine waltzes to be heard on this recording, along with some of those great crooked West Virginia tunes. Betty's bowing has an organic grittiness to it that inserts a pointed drive to the tunes.
      Billy Cornette & Betty Vornbrock are close friends with J.P. Fraley. As a result she not only plays some of J.P.'s tunes, she gets the same feel and touch on them. She is a natural with fiddle harmonies and twins her own fiddle here to great effect. Billy is a solid guitarist who fully understands the role of the guitar in old-time music.
      This is not a knock-down kind of old-time music, it is far more subtle than that. The power is the sum of the three strong performances and that undeniable mountain modality. A recommended listen for fans of classy string band music."               
                                        ~ Bob Buckingham

"Wolves in the Wood" was recorded and engineered
 by Tom Ohmsen at Flat Five Press & Recording Co., Salem, Virginia.
Summer & Autumn of 1996
Cover photo, art and design by Betty Vornbrock
insert layout by Frances Little

For bookings or to order tape or CD, contact:
Betty, or Billy Cornette
715 Peacock Dr.
Hillsville, Virginia 24343
(276) 766-3134
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Rounders '...young men, carefree and assertive in spirit, 
often risqué and associated with the banjo...'

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