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Wayfaring Stranger by Emma John

Wayfaring Stranger

A Musical Journey in the American South

Emma John

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2 reviews

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 30 May 2019
ISBN: 9781474606844

A journey to the American South in search of friendship, life lessons and bluegrass.

4 stars out of 5
25 Jun 2019

"a valuable contribution to musicology and an informative tribute to a musical culture."

Doggedly inspired, Emma John misses nothing as she weathers brief highs and devastating lows. A belated epiphany in a barn ultimately leads to her appearance as a finalist at the Happy Valley Festival. More than a memoir, Wayfaring Stranger is a valuable contribution to musicology and an informative tribute to a musical culture.

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4 stars out of 5
Clive Davis
1 Jun 2019

"The escapades of an Americana-obsessed Englishwoman in North Carolina entertain "

There is a touch of Bill Bryson to her escapades. She is the well-meaning outsider stumbling through unfamiliar surroundings and slowly learning how not to make a faux pas. She knows how to tell a good joke, and how to laugh at herself. The pratfalls are artfully choreographed. Early on, when she nervously takes her fiddle from its case and tries to join in with seasoned musicians, you know things will not go well, but she makes you smile at every wrong note.