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Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests$
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Chris Goertzen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731224

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731224.001.0001

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American Fiddling of the Past

American Fiddling of the Past

(p.3) Chapter One American Fiddling of the Past
Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter introduces the concept of the American fiddle contests, citing an example that happens once a year in the second-largest shopping mall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Fiddle contests are often composed of music, dance, and a lot of community engagement. Most the participants and audience members in these fiddle contests behave like old friends at a neighborhood barbecue or a family reunion. This chapter then traces the roots of these American fiddling contest from the late-eighteenth-century Scotland—where it tries to uncover how this tradition was passed during the migration to America—down to mid-twentieth century America. How has this tradition affected the overall culture of America, and how has changed affected the tradition? These are questions answered in this first chapter.

Keywords:   Tuscaloosa, fiddle contests, American fiddling contest, culture of America, migration to America

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