Music graces the life of Jim Mullins, lead psychologist for Kanawha County Schools. When he isn't investigating ways to identify and remedy neurological problems that hinder learning in county schoolchildren, he's probably playing his guitar, fiddle or banjo, a reflection of his rural West Virginia upbringing. He plays mostly Celtic and traditional Appalachian music. He built the banjo from a kit.
"Celtic music has got ...
... to be in my blood. ...
... It resonates in my soul."
Entertaining with frequent playing partner Jenny Allinder (left) and Shari Lupardus during a holiday open house at Blue Star Primitives in Spencer, Jim Mullins attracted the attention of a young fan, Lupardus' nephew. Lupardus owned the store at the time.
The musical trio playing for a dance at Huntington Middle School included Jim Mullins on fiddle, Doug Stalnaker on banjo and Mike Webb on guitar. They featured music from the Civil War era to match dances performed by the students.
Flooring made of southern long leaf heart pine enhances the home built by Jim Mullins and his wife in Putnam County. Fiddle player John Longwell, owner of Green Creek Woodworks, told them of a friend in Colorado who uses beams from old factories to build floors in high dollar homes. "They were going to burn the wood because it had spike holes in it," Mullins said. "It came from the Planters Peanut Warehouse in Hershey, Pa."
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