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78 Blues

When record men first traveled from Chicago or invited musicians to studios in New York, these entrepreneurs had no conception how their technology would change the dynamics of what constituted a musical ...

The High-Kilted Muse

Edited by Murray Shoolbraid
Foreword by Ed Cray
Categories: Folklore

In 1832 the Scottish ballad collector Peter Buchan of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, presented an anthology of risqué‚ and convivial songs and ballads to a Highland laird. When Professor Francis James Child ...

Louisiana Fiddlers

Louisiana Fiddlers shines light on sixty-two of the bayou state's most accomplished fiddlers of the twentieth century. Author Ron Yule outlines the lives and times of these performers, who represent a ...

Waltz the Hall

By Alan L. Spurgeon
Categories: Folklore

What did young people do for diversion and socialization in communities that banned most dancing and considered the fiddle to be the devil's instrument? The American play party was the fundamentalist's ...

Recentering Anglo/American Folksong

A wealth of texts of British and Anglo/North American folksong has long been accessible in both published and archival sources. For two centuries these texts have energized scholarship. Yet in the past ...

Folk Music and Modern Sound

Contributions by Amiri Baraka, Doris J. Dyen, Dena J. Epstein, David Evans, Kenneth S. Goldstein, Anthony Heilbut, William Ivey, Charles Keil, A. L. Lloyd, Bill C. Malone, Robert Palmer, Vivian Perlis, ...

Fiddling Way Out Yonder

From a small mountain town in West Virginia, elder fiddler Melvin Wine has inspired musicians and music enthusiasts far beyond his homeplace.

Music, community, and tradition influence all aspects of life ...

Prophet Singer

Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie examines the cultural and political significance of lyrics by beloved songwriter and activist Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie. The text traces how ...

Scottish Traveller Tales

By Donald Braid
Categories: Folklore

The "Travelling People" of Scotland are the traditionally nomadic minority group known also by the derogatory term "tinkers. "

Traveling in groups or in their individual caravans along the high roads ...

Strike Songs of the Depression

The Depression brought unprecedented changes for American workers and organized labor. As the economy plummeted, employers cut wages and laid off workers, while simultaneously attempting to wrest more ...