Lester McCumbers
Lester McCumbers (b. Big Run, Calhoun County, West Virginia, August 15, 1921) is an old-time fiddler from Nicut, West Virginia. His students include Erynn Marshall and Jake Krack.
He also makes fiddles, sometimes using local woods.
He utilizes the "pancake grip" when holding his fiddle; that is, he rests the fiddle against his chest rather than under his chin, with the palm of his hand flat against the bottom of the fiddle's neck.
In December 1937, at the age of 16, McCumbers married the singer Malinda (known as Linda) McCumbers, with whom he performed for many decades. They had nine children together, some of whom are also musicians. Their son Roger, who played banjo, died in 1998 at age 43.
McCumbers often performs with his wife and children, as well as the banjo player Kim Johnson, who lives near him. He is a frequent visitor to the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, Fayette County, West Virginia, where he has won first prize in the fiddle competition for his age group.
McCumbers was featured in The New York Times in 1999.

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LESTER MCCUMBERS - A Calhoun Treasure, Life Close To The ...
Oct 19, 2012 ... -Lester McCumbers. By Bob Weaver. Ninety-one-year-old fiddler Lester McCumbers is a Calhoun treasure. He had already learned to play a ...
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In a West Virginia hollow, mountain music thrives
Aug 17, 2003 ... Linda and Lester McCumbers have shared a love of homegrown music during more than 65 years of marriage. The West Virginia couple from ...
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Vandalia Winner Lester McCumbers to teach masters class at Appal ...
Musician and singer Lester McCumbers will present a masters workshop at the 24th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival.
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Lester McCumbers - West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Lester McCumbers was born in 1921 in southern Calhoun County, and carries on a rich tradition of fiddling, singing and guitar playing that has thrived in his ...
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A Musical Marriage: Lester and Linda McCumbers of Calhoun ...
A Musical Marriage: Lester and Linda McCumbers of Calhoun County, West Virginia By Kim Johnson. Lester and Malinda McCumbers have known each other ...
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Master fiddler Lester McCumbers to teach Clifftop workshops | The ...
Jul 29, 2013 ... CLIFFTOP, W.Va. — Musician and singer Lester McCumbers of Nicut, W.Va., will present a masters workshop at the 24th annual Appalachian ...
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Lester McCumbers - Black Mountain Rag…
Lester fiddling at his home in Nicut, Calhoun County, West Virginia. Kim Johnson is on banjo.
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Yew Piney Mountain - Lester McCumbers…
Lester McCumbers playing and talking about the fiddle tune Yew Piney Mountain at the 2006 Old Time Fiddlers' Reunion in Elkins, W.Va. Kim Johnson on banjo.
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Sep 17, 2013 ... He is an alumnus of Shepherd University's creative writing program. ... Lester McCumbers, a 92-year-old fiddler from Nicut in Calhoun County, ...
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Love this tune from Lester & Kim! ... and here's a Mudcat thread with a 1999 NY Times article which talks about Lester McCumber's mentoring of ...
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Aug 17, 2003 ... Linda and Lester McCumbers carry on an oral tradition from a time .... the 1700s," says Max Bandt, an ethnomusicologist from the University of ...
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Co-produced Vandalia award winner Lester McCumber's CD Old Timey ... Concert performances/workshops instructor University of Chicago Folk Festival ( 2002).
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Lester McCumbers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lester McCumbers (b. Big Run, Calhoun County, West Virginia, August 15, 1921) is an old-time fiddler from Nicut, West Virginia. His students include Erynn ...
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The Old-time Herald: A Magazine Dedicated to Old-time Music
The Old-time Herald: A Magazine Dedicated to Old-time Music
2008
... Mandolin: Joe Hinkebein Vocals: Kay Justice and Evelyn Hamilton Creative Writing: Kirk Judd Woodworking: John Friel and David Blanchard Appalachian Masters: Richard Hefner, Mike Bing, John Blisard, Lester McCumbers, Kim Johnson, ...
North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies)
North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies)
Drew Beisswenger, 2011
North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide is the first large-scale annotated bibliography and research guide on the fiddle traditions of the United States and Canada. These countries, both of which have large immigrant populations as well as Native populations, have maintained fiddle traditions that, while sometimes faithful to ...
Music in the air somewhere: the shifting borders of West ...
Music in the air somewhere: the shifting borders of West ...
Erynn Marshall, 2006
5 Lester McCumbers and Linda McCumbers, interview with the author, August 18 , 2000. 6 Lester McCumbers, interview with the author, September 10, 2000. 7 Linda McCumbers, interview with the author, April 21, 2001. 8 Linda McCumbers  ...
Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in ...
Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in ...
Gerald Milnes, 1999
31 Senate Cottrell, Noah Cottrell, Phoeba Cottrell Parsons, Jenes Cottrell, Sylvia Cottrell O'Brien, Ezra Cottrell, Emery Bailey, Brooks Hardway, Carrol Hardway, Lester McCumbers, Linda McCumbers, the Bernard McCumbers family, and Ward ...
Focus: Irish Traditional Music
Focus: Irish Traditional Music
Sean Williams, 2010
... a West Virginia fiddler named Lester McCumbers was quoted as saying “You have to play accordin' to whatever rhythm is on that type of song, is what you have to do. If you don't, it don't sound the same, you see” (Marshall 2006: 124).
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Notes from Yew Piney Mountain: Old Mother Flanagan: Lester McCumbers
A lot of people are familiar with Lester McCumbers. He's kind of a legend in West Virginia.
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Booger Hole: Lester McCumbers; Nicut, W.Va.
January 27 Jay Best, Josh Wanstreet, and I went down to Nicut for a visit with fiddle player Lester McCumbers. Kim Johnson, his regular banjo player, met up with us there.
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Old Crow Medicine Show have added a new member, and though he doesn't appear on the new album, we're incredibly excited to see what he brings to the band. Chance McCoy is one of the brightest lights in old-time music, a renowned fiddler and singer whose debut album made him a well known name in insider old-time circles.
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