I began thinking about Uncle Donnie and Aunt Phyllis and how they have been entertaining for so many years throughout New York, Vermont and Canada. I thought of my father, Phil, playing in the Perkins Family band while in high school and playing bass in the Inisheer band. I remembered my beginnings as a musician and the fun times I had attending square dances as a young child. These thoughts congealed and it became very clear that we have an enormous amount of music that our family represents. We have each contributed our own piece to the musical puzzle, we are not getting any younger, and the need to compile our music has never been more important than now. With all these thoughts converging within my head it was obvious the time was right to go forth and showcase our heritage; hence the birth of “The Perkins Family Anthology.”
The purpose driving this project is to celebrate the accomplishments of our family in one cohesive set of musical records. This compilation represents five generations of music and has been an enormous undertaking. It encompasses old recordings that have been resurrected from the early 30's, 50's and mid-70's. Voices long gone have been given a voice once more. It is an open project; meaning that in generations to come those family members choosing to add their musical talents to this project will have the opportunity. Forever more will the Perkins Family music live on, especially for our progeny.
The Perkins Family Anthology “Fiddle in the Middle” – a legacy in the making.