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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

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731224.003.0001

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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