Ozarks Fiddle Music

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This book, which includes 308 tune transcriptions, is organized around individual fiddlers who typically combine Appalachian-style fiddling with rags, pop standards, Midwest-style fiddling and sometimes a touch of Western swing to create a style often identifiable as Ozarks. Thirty Ozarks fiddlers and their lives are highlighted with biographical sketches, photographs, and tune histories. Another 50 great Ozarks fiddlers are presented in a similar manner but with less detail. The book and accompanying CD (with 37 tunes, many recorded in the field) emphasize the older fiddling traditions connected to the square dances and community events more than those connected to bluegrass music and modern contest fiddling. Some of the tunes in the collection are old standbys such as Bile Them Cabbage while others such as Finley Creek Blues are unique to the region. The book is the result of years of work by two respected researchers. Gordon McCann won the prestigious Missouri Arts Award in 2002 for his decades of work documenting, studying, and accompanying Ozarks fiddle music. Drew Beisswenger, a music librarian at Missouri State University with a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, has published three other works about fiddle music and is known for his strong transcription and analysis skills.

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Drew Beisswenger, Head of the Music Library at Missouri State University in Springfield, has been involved in researching the traditional music of the South for over 25 years. He held positions in public sector folklore including Folk Arts Coordinator for the Arkansas Arts Council, and Manager of the Regional Studies Center at Arkansas College (now Lyon College). His previous books on fiddle music include Fiddling Way Out Yonder: The Life and Music Of Melvin Wine (University Press of Mississippi), Beau Solo: 12 Cajun Fiddle Tunes Transcribed from Michael Doucet's CD (Mel Bay Publications), and The World's Hottest Fiddlers (Mel Bay Publications). He has recieved a Fulbright Scholar Program award to teach and research in Cork, Ireland, and has been awarded a Foundation Award for Research by Missouri State University. Beisswenger earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Memphis, and in addition to teaching library courses he teaches courses on world music and Ozarks traditional music at MSU. Gordon McCann has been collecting fiddle tunes and documenting fiddle-related events in the Ozarks, especially in the Missouri Ozarks, since the mid-1970s. He has an indexed field recording collection of over 65,000 Ozark fiddle tunes if one includes variations. As the guitarist for famed Ozarks fiddler Art Galbraith, McCann performed nationally at venues such as the National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap, the New Orleans 1984 World s Fair, and the Smithsonian s American Folklife Festival. He co-wrote a book with Vance Randolph on Ozarks folklore sources, and co-producing six Rounder CDs featuring traditional Ozarks fiddle music. Widely considered an expert on Ozarks folk music traditions, McCann has served on advisory panels for the National Geographic Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. In recent years, he has produced television programs on Ozarks heritage and sponsored a series of concerts featuring young Ozarks fiddlers. In 2001, the governor of Missouri awarded McCann the prestigious Missouri Arts Award for his far-reaching work. McCann is a retired businessman and lives in Springfield, Missouri.

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