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Clarence (Curly) Herdman A sample of Curly's Music can be found under the recording tab on the site

Curly (Clarence) Herdman was born in the hills of West Virginia, near Ripley, West Virginia, on 12 November 1918. Curly comes from a long line of fiddlers: his great grand dad, his grand dad, Abige Turner Herdman, his father, Wallie Wyval Herdman and an uncle by the name of Earl Herdman. His mother (Mirla Miller Herdman) played a couple of fiddle tunes pretty well. She is the one who taught Curly his first fiddle tune which was called “Kick he Dutchman Sky High”. He was playing at square dances at the age of nine. When he was eleven he began to wonder around the world, and shortly afterward he left the hills to work on a farm in Fostoria, Ohio. He then went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad. While playing fiddle with his cousin Ira Sayre, he met and played for the great violinist, Rubbinoff, who was in Columbus, Ohio. Rubbinoff commended Curly on his method of bowing and his style of fiddling. He then went to W. H. O., Des Moines, Iowa. He later went to W.S.M., Grand Ole Opry, in the year 1935. along with the Bar X Cowboys. He was the featured fiddler at W.S.L.X,. Radio in Nashville, Tennessee. He later went to Renfro Valley Barn Dance in Kentucky. There he worked with John Lair, Red Foley, Bob Steel and Slim Millar. He then played fiddle for the famous Georgia Crackers on the station W.H.K.C. in Columbus, Ohio. In those days, his favorite fiddler was his grand-dad, Abige Turner Herdman. He also enjoyed the playing of Arthur Smith, Russ Gray, Winnie Waters, Otto Williams, Sid Heartreader and Clark Kessinger. Curly Herdman won several old time fiddling contests as of August 1967, Curly had won eighteen contests,inclding the Ohio State Championship. Curly’s brother, Troy Herdman played the guitar on several of his albums. Troy is a well known guitar player and singer.


Curly Herdman

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