Chuck Levy

 

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Hello Friends,

Welcome to my online music hut.  Take a look around, set a spell, give me a holler.  My Banjourney has led me to all sorts of interesting people an places, from Ohio and Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Mars and back, to The Gambia and Senegal, and home to Gainesville, Florida.  Along the way I have picked a bunch of banjos, a few fiddles, and an akonting or two as well, and some stories to tell.  What about you?

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Chuck Levy with Mike Ebele and Bill Dudley
Written and performed by Chuck Levy © 2006

Story

Big Scioty, which commemorates the Scioto River, is one of my favorite tunes, made especially special since it runs through Columbus, Ohio where I used to live. At some point, I decided that the Olentangy, the smaller of the Columbus’ two rivers (they join near downtown) deserved its own tune, so I made up this one, Little Olentangy (Composed on the fiddle by Chuck Levy © 2006, arranged for the banjo © 2012).  According to Wikipedia, the river now known as the Olentangy was originally known as the “Keenhongsheconsepung” which literally translated as “stone for your knife stream” based on the shale found along its shore. Early settlers translated this to “Whetsone River”. In 1833, the Ohio General assembly passed legislation intending to restore the original native American names to some Ohio waterways, but mistakenly gave Whetstone River the name “Olentangy”, Delaware for “river of red face paint” which had actually belonged to the river that is now known as Big Darby Creek.  Little Olentangy appears on Scratching and Clawing, my first CD, on Red Dog Records, 2006.