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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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Styles and Meanings in Southern Fiddling

Styles and Meanings in Southern Fiddling

(p.92) Chapter Five Styles and Meanings in Southern Fiddling
Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter talks about the different styles and meanings in Southern Fiddling. Since the previous chapters have talked all about the historical context, the appearance and meaning of these festivals, this chapter focuses upon the music that brings all these elements and people together. It starts by looking at a few tunes in a moderately technical manner, then the paths of meaning from individual performance and individual fiddler through style and event, down to Southern American fiddling as a whole. It takes a look at “Leather Britches” for example, a tune that has been among the twenty or thirty most popular fiddle tunes throughout the South for at least the last eighty years. The chapter then takes a look at other memorable and classic tunes that basically make up and build the culture around fiddling.

Keywords:   Southern Fiddling, Southern American fiddling, Leather Britches, popular fiddle tunes, culture around fiddling

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