What would you call it?
Um, Bluegrass/Old Timey/Classical Fusion?
What it is is really cool.
I’d never heard of Mark O’Connor or his piece Appalachia Waltz until a commenter on the WRR 101.1 fan page mentioned it. So I looked it up on YouTube, and goodness. I found a treasure trove.
First of all, the version I found was for violin, cello, and double bass. The cello was played by Yo Yo Ma and both it and the double bass were played with bows, classical style.
I also found a performance by the same three guys accompanying Allison Kraus in a plaintive, bluegrassy version of Stephen Foster’s Slumber My Darling.
Then I found Emily’s Reel, an even more bluegrassy performance, still all with bows.
Then I stopped looking because I had to let you know, if you don’t already, about this really, really cool music.