Who Are These Folks?
Although both have Master's Degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and have retired from professional careers, they have deep roots in the folk heritage of North Carolina. They met in high school, went to college, married, raised a family. They grew up listening to these styles of music.
Both enjoy a strong sense of humor or they could not put up with one another.
"Uncle Gum" Paige is a "military brat" but spent much time visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, who lived in rural Duplin and Lenoir County, NC. He was always fascinated by the country life and enjoyed many of the characters and stories he encoutered. He has incorporated many of these into a dozen or so original songs.
His great-uncle played old-time banjo. Another uncle called the local square dances. Two others played guitar and sang some of the "old" songs. Two of his aunts enjoyed themselves on the piano. One of his grandmothers was said to have been "a pretty good dancer in her time." The whole family was amazed when "Uncle Gum" played his banjo at a family gathering, and feeble, old "Grandma" jumped up and started dancing!
Uncle Gum sings and plays guitar, banjo, fiddle.
"Aunt Puddin'" Linda grew up in the close-knit community of Fountaintown, NC. (not to be confused with Fountain, NC near Greenville). Her father grew up sharing many of the old tunes he heard at dances in the 1940's. Her grandmother sang songs from long ago as she worked in the garden. Aunt Puddin' started life being rocked in the arms of a mother who sang to her. Singing was a big part of car trips for the family - traveling with no radio! She played piano as a child and broke her foot doing so. Aunt Puddin' continued this tradition with her own children - not breaking their foot, but singing them to sleep, singing to amuse or soothe, and singing to carry on the culture of the family.
Aunt Puddin sings and plays guitar.
Notes on the band:
- We do not do beach music, jazz, or rap, because we don't know how.
- We do not do current Top 40 because we don't like much of it.
- We do not do "Rhinestone Country-politan" (see Top 40, above).
- We do not burn or break anything on stage (not deliberately, anyway)
- We keep our shirts on during the entire performance.
- We have no tattoos.
- Centennial Celebration, Lemon Springs, NC
- Broad Street Cafe, Durham, NC
- Small Business Banquet Centennial Celebration, Dennis Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC
- WDCC Radio: Folk-Life Music Series (Central Carolina Community College)
- Lee County Schools, Sanford, NC
- The Historical Jones House, Boone, NC
- The Old Gilliam Mill, Sanford, NC
- Private party, Jacksonville, NC
- Maxwell Mill Community Building, Pink Hill, NC
- Reno Sharpe's Store, Goldston, NC
- Todd General Store, Todd, NC
- Volunteer Fire Department, Albertson, NC
- Retirement parties, Chef Paul's, Sanford, NC
- Mr. Hoke's 93rd birthday celebration (Gum Puddin' & "friends" : Reno's Bluegrass), Goldston, NC
- Private retirement party, Raleigh, NC
- Fountaintown Community Building, Fountaintown, NC
- Winterville Kiwanis Annual Senior Citizens Banquet, Winterville, NC
- The Hunting Camp, Cedar Fork, NC
- Tarkil Branch Museum, Chinquapin, NC
We have performed for thousands over the last 30 years as Gum Puddin or as individuals. We always try to tailor our performance to the audience we anticipate.
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