Erik Darling's graceful sense of style and clearheaded arrangements of traditional folk tunes made the singer, songwriter, and versatile instrumentalist a behind-the-scenes innovator on the folk scene for decades, and if he never actually became a household name, his influence was subtle and pervasive. Born September 25, 1933, in Baltimore, MD, Darling actually spent his childhood in Canandaigua, NY, and by the time he was in his early twenties, he was a regular fixture in New York City's Washington Square folk scene. A superb banjo player and perhaps an even better 12-string guitarist, and possessing a clear, warm, and expressive tenor singing voice, Darling was an expert at bringing out the best in the musicians around him. He formed the Tunetellers in the mid-'50s, and after a name change to the Tarriers, the group had a Top Ten hit ...
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