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Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests

Chris Goertzen


This book explores the phenomenon of American fiddle contests, which now have replaced dances as the main public event where American fiddlers get together. It studies this change and what it means for audiences, musicians, traditions, and the future of southern fiddle music. The book traces fiddling and fiddle contests from mid-eighteenth-century Scotland to the modern United States. It takes the reader on journeys to the important large contests, such as those in Hallettville, Texas; Galax, Virginia; Weiser, Idaho; and also to smaller ones, including his favorite in Athens, Alabama. The book ... More

Keywords: fiddle contests, American fiddlers, southern fiddle music, fiddling, Hallettville, Galax, Weiser, American nostalgia, public event, audiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604731224
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604731224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Goertzen, author