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A new offering from Plum Blossom Music, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Classical Hillbillies is an exercise in extreme musical versatility and maximum entertainment value. Start out with a true string quartet playing stately classical music for your wedding ceremony, transition into lively Appalachian music for your cocktail hour, and wind things up with a full-on bluegrass hoedown (with instrument switch to fiddle, banjo, guitar, and string bass) for your reception. It's like three bands for the price of one!


Audio
Classical Hillbillies (trio) - Canon in D (excerpt) - Johann Pachelbel
Classical Hillbillies (trio) - Canon Indie - Johann Pachelbel (arr. Classical Hillbillies)
Classical Hillbillies (trio) - Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney Bramlett
Classical Hillbillies (trio) - Good Old Mountain Dew - Lunsford/Wiseman
Classical Hillbillies (quartet) - Midnight on the Water - Luke Thomasson (arr. Classical Hillbillies)
Classical Hillbillies (quartet) - Over the Waterfall - trad. (arr. Classical Hillbillies)
Classical Hillbillies (quartet) - Sheep May Safely Graze (excerpt) - J. S. Bach
Classical Hillbillies (quartet) - The Dopple Gang - D. Sebring (arr. Classical Hillbillies)
Classical Hillbillies (quartet) - Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn

 

Repertoire

Click on underlined selections to hear recordings; *indicates recording by "sister group" Plum Blossom String Quartet; **indicates recording by "sister group" Early Grove String Band.


Classical

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Air in D*
  • Arioso
  • Ave Maria (with Gounod)
  • Bist du bei Mir
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring*
  • My Heart Ever Faithful
  • Prelude from English Suite No. 3
  • Prelude from Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello (arranged by Peter Markush)
  • Sheep may Safely Graze
  • Sinfonia from "Der Herr denket an uns"
  • Wachet auf (Sleepers Awake)

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Für Elise
  • Ich Liebe Dich (a.k.a. Zärtliche Liebe)
  • Ode to Joy
  • Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1

Georges Bizet

  • Carmen Suite No. 1 (including Intermezzo)

Joseph Brackett

  • Simple Gifts

André Campra

  • Rigaudon

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

  • Te Deum, Prelude and Tu Devicto

Frédéric Chopin

  • Nocturne in E Flat Major (Op. 9 No. 2)

Jeremiah Clarke

Arcangelo Corelli

  • Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 3
  • Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 (Christmas Concerto)

Claude Debussy

  • Clair de Lune
  • The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (from Préludes, Book I)

Léo Delibes

  • Flower Duet (from Lakmé)

Ramin Djawadi

  • Game of Thrones, Main Theme

Patrick Doyle

  • My Father's Favorite (from Sense and Sensibility)

Antonín Dvořák

  • Finale (Allegro) from Violin Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100, B. 183
  • Humoresque No.7

Edward Elgar

  • Pomp and Circumstance

César Franck

  • Panis angelicus

Carlos Gardel

  • Por Una Cabeza (tango featured in Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, and True Lies)

Christoph Willibald Gluck

  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Reynaldo Hahn

  • À Chloris

George Frideric Handel

  • All We Like Sheep (from The Messiah)
  • Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah)
  • Aria, from Xerxes (Ombra mai fu)
  • Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
  • La Rejouissance
  • Water Music Suite in F Major (entire)
  • Water Music Suite in D Major (entire)

Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Quartet in G Major Op.77 No.1
  • Serenade (Andante cantabile from Opus 3 Quartet No. 5 in F Major)
  • Symphony No. 77, Mvt. 4

James Horner

  • For The Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)

Franz Liszt

  • Liebestraum

Albert Hay Malotte

  • The Lord's Prayer

Bendetto Marcello

  • Psalm XIX: "The Heavens Declare the Greatness of the Lord"

Vladimir Martynov

  • The Beatitudes (from La Grande Bellezza)

Jules Massenet

  • Mediation, from Thais

Felix Mendelssohn

  • If With All Your Hearts, from Elijah
  • Wedding March

Ennio Morricone

  • Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)

Jean-Joseph Mouret

  • Rondeau

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Alleluja, from Exultate Jubilate
  • Andante, from Piano Concerto #21
  • Quartet in D, KV 155
  • Quartet in C, KV 157
  • Quartet in A, KV 169
  • Quartet in G, KV 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

Johann Pachelbel

Sir Hubert Parry

  • Jerusalem

Henry Purcell

  • Rondeau from Abdelazer, a.k.a. A Postcard to Henry Purcell (from Pride and Prejudice)
  • Suite, from The Fairy Queen: Hornpipe, Air, Rondeau, Chorus
  • Trumpet Tune

Sergei Rachmaninoff

  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, Variation 18
  • Vocalise

Erik Satie

  • Gymnopedie No. 1

Francesco Sartori

  • Time to Say Goodbye (or Con te partirò, as performed by Andrea Bocelli)

Franz Schubert

  • Ave Maria

Robert Schumann

  • Traumeri

Howard Shore

  • Concerning Hobbits (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

John Stanley

  • Trumpet Voluntary

Arthur Sullivan

  • Three Little Maids from The Mikado

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Andante cantabile (2nd movement of String Quartet No.1 In D Major, Op.11, TH.111)
  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz
  • Serenade for Strings

Traditional

  • Dona Nobis Pacem

Vangelis

  • Hymne

Antonio Vivaldi

  • Allegro (Movement 1), from Spring of The Four Seasons
  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo (from Gloria in D Major, RV 589)
  • Largo (Movement 2), from Winter of The Four Seasons*

Richard Wagner

  • Bridal Chorus
  • Ride of the Valkyries (from Die Walküre)

John Williams

  • Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Superman Theme (Main Title)
  • The Throne Room from Star Wars Episode IV

Yiruma

  • River Flows in You (Edward's Lullaby from The Twilight Saga)

Hymns

We can play just about any hymn. Most hymns are arranged for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices, which correspond to the respective ranges of the four instruments in a string quartet. Therefore, we can generally play any hymn for which we can get the music — and we own a collection of 538 hymns entitled Great Hymns of the Faith, which includes most of the commonly-heard hymns. If you're thinking of a specific title, you can check the online edition to see if it's listed.

 


Folk/Traditional

Russ Barenberg

  • Return to the Brandywine (waltz)

Mark O'Connor

  • Appalachia Waltz

Molly Mason and Jay Ungar

  • The Lovers' Waltz

Pat Shaw

  • Margaret's Waltz

Pete Sutherland

  • North Dakota Sunrise (waltz)
  • Sunday River Waltz

Chris Thile (Nickel Creek)

  • Sweet Afton

Luke Thomasson

  • Midnight on the Water (waltz)

Traditional

  • Angeline the Baker (Appalachian hoedown)
  • The Ash Grove* (Welsh waltz)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)
  • The Belles of Lexington* (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Chinquapin Hunting (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Crook Brothers Reel (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Crow Creek (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Cumberland Gap** (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Durang’s Hornpipe (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Elzik's Farewell** (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Forked Deer (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Frosty Morning (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Glenbeigh Hornpipe (Irish)
  • Hava Nagila (Jewish/Israeli/Hebrew)
  • Jeff Sturgeon (Appalachian hoedown)
  • John Brown's Dream (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Johnny Don't Get Drunk** (Appalachian hoedown)
  • June Apple (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Liza Jane (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Lowry’s Quadrille (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Mississippi Sawyer (Appalachian hoedown)
  • The Monk's Jig (Irish)
  • O Danny Boy (Irish; lyrics by Frederic Weatherly)
  • Old Joe Clark** (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Oh Shenandoah (American folk song)
  • Over the Waterfall (Appalachian hoedown)
  • The Parson's Cap (English country dance)
  • Pretty Little Cat (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Pretty Little Dog (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Red-Haired Boy (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Rock the Cradle Joe (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Rose in the Mountain (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Sadie at the Back Door (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Saint Anne’s Reel (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Sandy Boys (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Siman Tov U'Mazel Tov (Jewish/klezmer/Yiddish)
  • Soldier’s Joy (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Southwind (Irish waltz)
  • Spotted Pony (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Ten Penny Bit (Irish jig)
  • Utpick Waltz
  • Walkin’ in the Parlour (Appalachian hoedown)
  • West Fork Gals (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (Appalachian hoedown)
  • Wild Hog in the Woods (Appalachian hoedown)

Lee Turner

  • May the Road Rise to Meet You

Jay Ungar

  • Ashokan Farewell (from the Ken Burns miniseries The Civil War)

Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek)

  • Pastures New

Bluegrass/Americana

The Avett Brothers

  • November Blue
  • Offering

Delaney Bramlett

  • I've Got a Never-Ending Love for You (Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn version)

Johnny Cash

  • I Walk the Line
  • Ring of Fire

Chatham County Line

  • Closing Town

Flatt & Scruggs

  • Before I Met You
  • Down the Road
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Gabriel/Habershon

  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Paul Henning

  • The Ballad of Jed Clampett (theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies)

King/Stewart

  • Tennessee Waltz

Bascom Lamar Lunsford

  • Good Old Mountain Dew

Bill Monroe

  • Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'

Mark O'Connor

  • Appalachia Waltz

Phillip Phillips

  • Home

D. Sebring

Matt Stell with Allison Veltz and Ash Bowers

  • Prayed for You

Carrie Underwood, Brett James, and Hillary Lindsey

  • What I Never Knew I Always Wanted (as performed by Carrie Underwood)

Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek)

  • Pastures New

Hank Williams

  • I Saw the Light

Jazz/Pop

Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz)

Craig Armstrong

  • Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually

Richard Ashcroft (The Verve)

  • Bitter Sweet Symphony

Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer (sung by Elvis Costello, from Notting Hill)

  • She

Janee Bennett, Jessica Glynne, Jack Patterson, and Ina Wroldsen (Jess Glynne)

  • Hold My Hand

Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Martin (Coldplay)

  • Everglow
  • Something Just Like This (composed with Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers; collaboration with The Chainsmokers)
  • Viva la Vida

Sameer Bhattacharya, Jared Hartmann, Kirkpatrick Seals, James Culpepper, Lacey Mosley (Flyleaf)

  • All Around Me

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

  • Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Ben Bridwell, Mat Brooke, Chris Early, and Tim Meinig (Band of Horses)

  • The Funeral

Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gilles

  • Everything (as performed by Michael Bublé)

Robert Buck and Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)

  • These Are Days

Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal Schon (Journey)

  • Don't Stop Believin'

June Carter and Merle Kilgore

  • Ring of Fire (as performed by Johnny Cash)

Hoagy Carmichael

  • Georgia on My Mind

Jade Castrinos and Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

  • Home

Leonard Cohen

  • Hallelujah (also sung by Jeff Buckley)

John Denver

  • Annie's Song

Bob Dylan

  • Make You Feel My Love (as sung by Adele)

Ben Folds

  • The Luckiest

Jon Foreman (Switchfoot)

  • Dare You to Move

Derek Fuhrmann, Todd Clark, and Gregg Wattenberg

  • Gone, Gone, Gone (as performed by Phillip Phillips)

George and Ira Gershwin

  • Fascinating Rhythm
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Love is Here to Stay (Nat "King" Cole version)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess, lyrics by Du Bose and Dorothy Heyward)

Fr. JBoy Gonzales, SJ

  • Panunumpa (as sung by Carol Banawa)

Irving Gordon

  • Unforgettable (Nat "King" Cole version)

Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

  • At Last (Etta James version)

John Green

  • Body and Soul

Dave Grusin and Alan & Marilyn Bergman

  • It Might Be You (as sung by Stephen Bishop, from Tootsie)

James F. Hanley

  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart

George Harrison (The Beatles)

  • Here Comes the Sun

Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - as sung by Natalie Cole

Elton John

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King, lyrics by Tim Rice)
  • Your Song (lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

Scott Joplin

  • Country Club
  • The Entertainer
  • Euphonic Sounds
  • Heliotrope Bouquet
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • Paragon Rag
  • Pineapple Rag
  • Scott Joplin's New Rag

Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  • Sweet Home Alabama

Ray LaMontagne and Danny Holland

  • You Are the Best Thing

Cindy Lauper and Rob Hyman

  • Time After Time

John Lennon and Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

  • A Hard Day's Night
  • All You Need is Love
  • Hey Jude
  • I Will
  • In My Life
  • When I'm Sixty-Four

Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod (The Foundations)

  • Baby, Now That I've Found You (Alison Krauss version)

Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

  • Moon River (sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's)

Bruno Mars with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine

  • Just the Way You Are (also composed with Khalil Walton and Khari Cain)
  • Marry You

Dave Matthews

  • Ants Marching

Paul McCartney

  • Maybe I'm Amazed

Alan Menken (Lyrics by Tim Rice)

  • A Whole New World (from Alladin)

Ingrid Michaelson

  • The Way I Am

Pat Monahan (Train)

  • Marry Me

Thelonious Monk with Cootie Williams and Bernie Hanighen

  • 'Round Midnight

Jason Mraz

  • I'm Yours

Alex North and Hy Zaret

  • Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Ryan O'Neal (Sleeping at Last)

  • Turning Page (from The Twilight Saga)

Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz

  • When You Say Nothing at All (as sung by Alison Krauss)

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

  • Dancing Days

Christina Perri and David Hodges

  • A Thousand Years (from The Twilight Saga)

Edith Piaf and Louiguy

  • La Vie En Rose (as performed by Edith Piaf)

Cole Porter

  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • Just One of Those Things

Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher

  • You Are So Beautiful (as performed by Joe Cocker)

Curly Putman

  • Green Green Grass of Home (Tom Jones version)

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

  • Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)
  • Wedding Processional from The Sound of Music

Francesco Sartori

  • Time to Say Goodbye (or Con te partirò, as performed by Andrea Bocelli)

John Schonberger, Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose

  • Whispering

Mike Scott (The Waterboys)

  • How Long Will I Love You? (Ellie Goulding version)

Seinabo Sey, Magnus Lidehäll, and Salem Al Fakir

  • Still (as performed by Seinabo Sey)

Ed Sheeran

  • Perfect
  • Thinking Out Loud (composed with Amy Wadge)

Sigur Rós

  • Starálfur
  • Hoppípolla

Anthony Stephens, John Bellamy, Arnecia Harris, Oliver Maxwell

  • You've Got The Love (Florence and The Machine version)

John Stephens and Toby Gad

  • All of Me (John Legend)

Taylor Swift

  • Love Story

Ryan Tedder (One Republic)

  • Secrets (from Rabbit Without Ears 2; also known as Beethoven's 5 Secrets by The Piano Guys)

Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

  • What a Wonderful World (as performed by Louis Armstrong)

Albert Von Tilzer

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry

  • Beyond the Sea (as performed by Bobby Darin)

Vangelis

  • Hymne

Andrew Lloyd Webber

  • All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera)
  • Love Changes Everything (from Aspects of Love, arr. by Ted Velkoff)
  • Memory (from Cats)

Paul Francis Webster and Dimitri Tiomkin

  • The Green Leaves of Summer (featured in The Alamo and Inglourious Basterds)

George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore

  • Can't Help Falling in Love (as performed by Elvis Presley)

Brian Wilson and Tony Asher (Beach Boys)

  • God Only Knows

Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar

  • Tea for Two

Movie/TV/Broadway

Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz)

Craig Armstrong

  • Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually

Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer

  • She (from Notting Hill, as sung by Elvis Costello)

John Barry

  • All Time High (from Octopussy)

Elmer Bernstein (sung by Elvis Costello, from Notting Hill)

  • The Magnificent Seven

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

  • Pure Imagination

Frank Churchill (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

  • Someday My Prince Will Come

Patrick Doyle

  • Harry in Winter (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
  • My Father's Favorite (from Sense and Sensibility)

Jay Ferguson

  • The Office Theme

David Foster

  • Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire

Carlos Gardel

  • Por Una Cabeza (tango featured in Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, and True Lies)

George and Ira Gershwin

  • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess, lyrics by Du Bose and Dorothy Heyward)

Michael Giacchino

  • Married Life (from Up)

Jerry Goldsmith

  • The Gremlins Rag (from Gremlins)

Dave Grusin and Alan & Marilyn Bergman

  • It Might Be You (as sung by Stephen Bishop, from Tootsie)

Marvin Hamlish

  • Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me)

James Horner

  • For The Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)

Elton John

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from The Lion King, lyrics by Tim Rice)
  • Your Song (lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

John Lennon and Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

  • A Hard Day's Night (from A Hard Day's Night)
  • When I'm Sixty-Four (from Yellow Submarine)

Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer

  • Moon River (sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's)

Vladimir Martynov

  • The Beatitudes (from La Grande Bellezza)

Alan Menken

  • A Whole New World (from Alladin)
  • Tale As Old As Time (from Beauty and the Beast)

Ennio Morricone

  • Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)

Randy Newman

  • Dexter's Tune (from Awakenings)

Monty Norman

  • James Bond Theme

Ryan O'Neal (Sleeping at Last)

  • Turning Page (from The Twilight Saga)

Christina Perri and David Hodges

  • A Thousand Years (from The Twilight Saga)

Henry Purcell

  • Rondeau from Abdelazer, a.k.a. A Postcard to Henry Purcell (from Pride and Prejudice)

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

  • Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)
  • Wedding Processional from The Sound of Music

Nino Rota

  • The Godfather Love Theme

Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster

  • The Prayer (from Quest for Camelot), as performed by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli

Lalo Schifrin

  • Theme from Mission: Impossible

Howard Shore

  • Concerning Hobbits (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Alan Silvestri

  • Main on End (main theme from Avengers Endgame)

Arthur Sullivan

  • Three Little Maids from The Mikado

Ryan Tedder (One Republic)

  • Secrets (from Rabbit Without Ears 2; also known as Beethoven's 5 Secrets by The Piano Guys)

Andrew Lloyd Webber

  • All I Ask of You (from Phantom of the Opera)
  • Love Changes Everything (from Aspects of Love, arr. by Ted Velkoff)
  • Memory (from Cats)

Paul Francis Webster and Dimitri Tiomkin

  • The Green Leaves of Summer (featured in The Alamo and Inglourious Basterds)

John Williams

  • Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Raiders March (from Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Superman Theme (Main Title)
  • The Throne Room from Star Wars Episode IV

Yiruma

  • River Flows in You (Edward's Lullaby from The Twilight Saga)
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