Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests by Chris Goertzen

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  • Title: Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests
  • Author: Chris Goertzen
  • Category: Music
  • Date: December 2009
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781604731224

 

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Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests explores the phenomenon of American fiddle contests, which now have changed dances as the principle public occasion the place American fiddlers get collectively. Chris Goertzen research this modification and what it means for audiences, musicians, traditions, and the way forward for southern fiddle music. Goertzen traces fiddling and fiddle contests from mid-eighteenth-century Scotland to the fashionable United States. He takes the reader on journeys to the vital giant contests, akin to these in Hallettville, Texas; Galax, Virginia; Weiser, Idaho; and additionally to smaller ones, together with his favourite in Athens, Alabama. He reveals what occurs on stage and throughout such off-stage actions as tenting, jamming, and socializing, which many fiddlers contemplate a lot more vital than the competitors. Through a number of interviews, Goertzen additionally reveals the fiddlers’ lives as instructed in their very own phrases. The reader learns how and in what environments these fiddlers began taking part in, the place they carry out at the moment, how they train, what they consider contests, and what values they imagine fiddling helps. Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests reveals how such contests have change into dwelling embodiments of American nostalgia

 

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