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!

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



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.


Johann Sebastian Bach

Air in D*
Ave Maria (with Gounod)
Bist du bei Mir
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring*
My Heart Ever Faithful
Sheep may Safely Graze
Sinfonia from "Der Herr denket an uns"
Wachet auf (Sleepers Awake)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ode to Joy

André Campra


Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Te Deum, Prelude and Tu Devicto

Jeremiah Clarke

César Franck

Panis angelicus

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune

Patrick Doyle

My Father's Favorite (from Sense and Sensibility)

George Frideric Handel

Aria, from Xerxes (Obra mai fu)
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
La Rejouissance
Water Music Suite in F Major (entire)
Water Music Suite in D Major (entire)

James Horner

For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)

Franz Liszt


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


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

Jacques Offenbach

Barcarolle (Theme from the opera The Tales of Hoffman, as heard in the movie Life is Beautiful)

Johann Pachelbel

Sir Hubert Parry


Henry Purcell

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

Franz Schubert

Ave Maria

Robert Schumann


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Serenade for Strings
Sleeping Beauty Waltz

Antonio Vivaldi

Largo*, from Winter of the Four Seasons

Richard Wagner

Bridal Chorus

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


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.



Russ Barenberg

Return to the Brandywine (waltz)

Curt Bouterse

Waiting for Nancy (Appalachian hoedown)

Molly Mason and Jay Ungar

The Lovers' Waltz

Pat Shaw

Margaret's Waltz

Pete Sutherland

North Dakota Sunrise (waltz)
Sunday River Waltz

Luke Thomasson


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 of 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


The Avett Brothers

November Blue

Johnny Cash

I Walk the Line
Ring of Fire

Chatham County Line

Closing Town

Dan Emmet


Flatt & Scruggs

Before I Met You
Down the Road
Foggy Mountain Breakdown


Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Paul Henning

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


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


D. Sebring

Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

I've Got a Never-Ending Love for You

Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek)

Pastures New

Hank Williams

I Saw the Light


Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

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

Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer

She (sung by Elvis Costello, from Notting Hill)

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

Viva la Vida

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

All Around Me

Robert Buck and Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)

These Are Days

Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal Schon (Journey)

Don't Stop Believin'

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


John Denver

Annie's Song

Ben Folds

The Luckiest

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)

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

James Horner

For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Bittersweet Symphony (as performed by The Verve)

Elton John

Can You Feel the Love Tonight (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

Cindy Lauper and Rob Hyman

Time After Time

John Lennon and Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

All You Need is Love
I Will
In My Life

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, Khalil Walton, Khari Cain

Just the Way You Are

Dave Matthews

Ants Marching
The Best of What's Around

Paul McCartney

Maybe I'm Amazed

Larry John McNally

For My Wedding (Don Henley)

Alan Menken (Lyrics by Tim Rice)

A Whole New World (from Alladin)

Thelonious Monk with Cootie Williams and Bernie Hanighen

'Round Midnight

Alex North and Hy Zaret

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Ryan O'Neal (Sleeping at Last)

Turning Page

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

Dancing Days

Christina Perri and David Hodges

A Thousand Years (from The Twilight Saga)

Cole Porter

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

Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher

You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)

Curly Putman

Green Green Grass of Home

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein


John Schonberger, Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose


Mike Scott (The Waterboys)

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

John Stephens and Toby Gad

All of Me (John Legend)

Sigur Rós


Taylor Swift

Love Story

Anthony Stephens, John Bellamy, Arnecia Harris, Oliver Maxwell

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

Andrew Lloyd Weber

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

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

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