Ed Haley (1883 - 1951)
Forked Deer / Grey Eagle

Ed Haley (1883 - 1951)

Born near Hart’s Creek, Logan County, West Virginia, in 1883, Haley lost his eyesight at the age of three from a bout with measles, and he survived a difficult childhood. Using his musical skills to earn a living, he traveled to local fairs, court sessions, country dances, and other events where crowds might gather. In 1914 he married Martha Ella, a blind piano teacher, and thereafter was based in Ashland, Kentucky. He continued to travel and play his fiddle, with his wife accompanying him on mandolin as well as rearing a family of six children.

Haley is remembered not only for his musical skills, but also for his wide repertoire. Other fiddlers admired his talents and learned his tunes, style, and techniques. Although Haley never made any commercial records, he made these home recordings for his son Ralph in 1946 and 1947.

These rips are from first generation CDRs provided by a couple of very helpful chaps at Fiddle Hangout

Forked Deer (2CDs) @ 320
Grey Eagle (2CDs) @ 320


  1. I can identify with this recording. I am from and still live in WV, and Ed Haley is a legendary figure here. I have a friend, Robin Kessinger, whose grandfather, Clark Kessinger, was strongly influenced by Haley back in the day. I appreciate all the fiddle items you share here. Cheers!

  2. Excellent that Haley is close to home. It became a holy grail l in getting hold of these for as spell.
    : )