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  Appalachian Folk Music Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
While old-time music was practiced in all regions of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, by the 20th century it had come to be associated primarily with the Appalachian region.
Appalachian folk music is a distinctive genre of folk music Appalachian music is believed to have developed from traditional Scottish, English and Irish music brought to the United States by immigrants from those countries, and in turn it influenced country music and old-time music.
Among the prominent styles of old-time music in Canada are the Scottish-derived tradition of Nova Scotia (particularly Cape Breton Island), the French Canadian music of Quebec and Acadia, the old-time music of Ontario, and the prairie fiddling traditions of the central provinces.
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 Appalachian folk music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Appalachian folk music is a distinctive genre of folk music originating in the Appalachia region of the United States of America.
It is believed to have developed from traditional Scottish and Irish music brought to the USA by immigrants from those countries, and in turn it deeply influenced country music.
Appalachian Music in Southwestern Pennsylvania Music service that specializes in live performances and instruction in traditional Old Time fiddling and stringband music.
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 Appalachian Folk Music Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Their music has exerted a great influence on Appalachian music in its instrumentation (the banjo was adopted from them by white musicians following the Civil War) as well as ornamentation (the "blue note" third and seventh, and sliding tones which are not found in British Isles folk music).
As with Appalachian folk, a number of classical composers have turned to New England folk music for melodic and harmonic ideas, most famously Charles Ives, as well as Aaron Copland, William Schuman, and John Cage, among others.
While the music of the Louisiana Cajuns has much in common with other North American old-time traditions it is generally treated as a tradition unto itself and not referred to as a form of old-time music.
www.karr.net /search/encyclopedia/Appalachian_folk_music   (2292 words)

  
 Music Folk Music
As a folklore advocate, Bryan composed music that reflected both the preservation and the transformation of regional culture, and his performances in that genre drew audiences to college campuses well before the folk music revival of the 1960s.
The music is considered "American" because it is either native to the United States or there varied enough from its origins that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new; it is considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including...
And folk music focuses on how a minority music genre suddenly became the emergent voice of a generation at the end of the vibrant strands of this music and music making are part of an ancient and treasured heritage.
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 Appalachian Folk Music - Music Lesson Plan, Thematic Unit, Activity, Worksheet, or Teaching Idea
Use this discussion to point out how folk songs are passed down from generation to generation and sometimes the lyrics change from person to person.
To relate Appalachian music to dance, teach the students simple Appalachian dances such as Virginia Reel and The Patty Cake Polka.
If possible invite a folk or bluegrass musician to come to your class to demonstrate their music to your classes.
www.lessonplanspage.com /MusicSSAppalachianFolkMusicAndCulture45.htm   (1505 words)

  
 MHSchool: McGraw-Hill Music 2005
Folk traditions were often kept alive within families by children hearing songs from their mothers and, in time, singing those same songs to their own children.
The influence of religion on the music of the Appalachians is enormous.
The influence of ragtime music at the turn of the twentieth century led fiddlers to start “rocking the bow”—a technique in which the bow’s contact with the string is curved, or rocking, rather than long and consistent—which quickly became another distinctive feature of the music.
www.mhschool.com /music/2005/teacher/teachingideas/folk/appalachian/index.html   (1474 words)

  
 Old-time music
While old-time music was practiced in all regions of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, by the 20th century it had come to be associated primarily with the Appalachian region.
Appalachian folk music is a distinctive genre of folk music Appalachian music is believed to have developed from traditional Scottish, English and Irish music brought to the United States by immigrants from those countries, and in turn it influenced country music and old-time music.
Among the prominent styles of old-time music in Canada are the Scottish-derived tradition of Nova Scotia (particularly Cape Breton Island), the French Canadian music of Quebec and Acadia, the old-time music of Ontario, and the prairie fiddling traditions of the central provinces.
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Appalachian folk songs were simple and covered all facets of everyday life, both extraordinary and run-of-the-mill — work (especially coal mining, logging, and working on the river), love, death, religion (including many traditional hymns), and murder (the famed ballad of "Tom Dooley" originated here).
Known as old- timey music or hillbilly music, Appalachian folk began to find popular acceptance during the 1920s thanks in part to its traditional values, which were also fairly well ingrained in the culture at large.
Evolution of the Appalachian folk tradition was inevitable by this point, since the music's popularity was accompanied by hordes of talent scouts, opening both the region and its performers up to a great deal of outside influence.
psychedelicfolk.homestead.com /files/apalachian.txt   (1676 words)

  
 Music history of the United States
Appalachian folk music began its evolution towards pop-country in 1927, when Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family began recording in a historic session with Ralph Peer (Barraclough and Wolff, 537).
Though Appalachian and African American folk music became the basis for most of American popular music, the United States is home to a diverse assortment of ethnic groups.
In Louisiana, Cajun and Creole music was adding influences from blues and generating some regional hit records, while Appalachian folk music was spawning jug bands, honky tonk bars and close harmony duets, which were to evolve into the pop-folk of the 1940s, bluegrass and country.
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 Country Music: Essay: Appalachian Music (A Patchwork Quilt: Dolly Parton and the Roots of Country Music, The Library of ...
he term "Appalachian music" is in truth an artificial category, created and defined by a small group of scholars in the early twentieth century, but bearing only a limited relationship to the actual musical activity of people living in the Appalachian mountains.
Since the region is not only geographically, but also ethnically and musically diverse (and has been since the early days of European settlement there) [1], music of the Appalachian mountains is as difficult to define as is American music in general.
The story of Appalachian music is very similar to the story of music in America, where musicians have never cared much for categories or purity of lineage, but have eagerly mined whatever styles and forms felt suitable for the raw material of new adaptations.
lcweb2.loc.gov /cocoon/ihas/html/dollyparton/country-appalachian.html   (769 words)

  
 The Music of Appalachia
The steel-string folk guitar, while very prominent in modern Appalachia, was not part of traditional Appalachian music until the popularization of the instrument in the early 1900s by the Sears and Roebuck catalogs.
Appalachian music was primarily a social music that celebrated local events and provided diversion from hard work, a music that created bonds between neighbors and served as a link from one generation to the next.
Appalachian folk music, often referred to as old time or hillbilly music, became immensely popular during the 1920s as talent scouts sought out talented folk musicians and new folksongs to feed the growing market for country music.
webpages.charter.net /jakehagedorn/appalachia.html   (3038 words)

  
 Oberlin Folk Music Club
His specialty is the music of the Mande or Mandinka people of The Gambia, West Africa, where he conducted his doctoral field work in 1970, focusing on the kora and the vocal repertoire of the jali, or professional musician.
The Oberlin Folk Music Club was very active during those years and its concert series hooked her on traditional music.
Folk music brought them together and is still their vocation and advocation.
www.oberlin.edu /stuorg/folkmusi/alumni.html   (1802 words)

  
 Music at MSN Shopping
Much of the music on these two discs comes from field recordings made with the aid of local players who are semi-professional musicians at best, but that consideration does not affect the overall quality of the performances.
This music is not preserved as such; instead, it is sometimes vibrant, alive, joyous, and rolling, and at other times spooky or heartbreaking.
More traditional music are two of the contibutions to folk music that Jean Ritchie is most respected for, and both shine on the Smithsonian/Folkways release Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition.
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 Bakersfield sound - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, at bars such as The Blackboard.
The town, known mainly for agriculture and oil production, was the destination for many Dust Bowl migrants and others from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and other parts of the western South.
The mass migration of "Okies" to California also meant that their music would follow and thrive, finding an audience in California's Central Valley.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bakersfield_Sound   (219 words)

  
 Appalachian Music - Scotch-Irish / Ulster-Scots Forums
This romanticization of Appalachian folk songs, while sacrificing a comprehensive perspective, may have allowed for their acceptance by the “genteel” population.
Scotch Irish, Welsh, German, Native American heritages each resonated in the rich folk song tradition of South Appalachia; yet, it is interesting that even in the early decades of the twentieth century, Americans were on the hunt for a “bastion of racial purity,” a refuge from the threat of multi-culturalism and melting pot mentalities.
Appalachian musicians wrote songs to express these new social and economic circumstances, but the musical theorists saw little value in any ballad which was not pastoral or of ancient origin.
www.scotchirish.net /forum/index.php?showtopic=1380   (768 words)

  
 A Short History of Appalachian Traditional Music
Musical traditions from home were important links to the past and were cherished and passed down to the next generation.
The second ballad type was from the popular music source of the parlour or sentimental ballad, mostly from the Victorian or Edwardian eras, presented in the Minstrel Show or Music Hall, and eventually passing into a folk tradition through sheer repetition.
Bands were able to quit their day-jobs and make a living from music, although their audiences preferred versions of popular songs played in an old-time manner over the old traditional songs heard at the kitchen table.
www.mustrad.org.uk /articles/appalach.htm   (2573 words)

  
 Worldbeat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In popular music, worldbeat refers to any style of music which fuses folk music from non-traditional sources (essentially, outside the Appalachian folk and Celtic traditions) with Western rock or other pop influences.
Worldbeat is usually said to have begun in the mid-1980s when artists like David Byrne, Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon began incorporating influences from around the world, especially Africa.
Some of the most commonly incorporated types of folk music include rai, samba, flamenco, tango, qawwali, highlife and raga.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Worldbeat   (125 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Appalachian folk music
Music of immigrant communities in the United States
Music of the United States (1960s and 70s)
A Scottish fiddler named Neil Gow is usually credited with developing (during the 1740s) the short bow sawstroke technique that defined Appalachian fiddling.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Appalachian-folk-music   (200 words)

  
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Still, his dozen recordings from 1927 to 1929 are monuments of folk music, comprised of fatalistic hills ballads and blues like "Danville Girl," "Pretty Polly," and "Country Blues." Born near Norton, VA, in 1898, Boggs was the youngest of ten children.
Music director and song leader of the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, Carawan has consistently woven his musical talents with his committment to freedom and the advancement of the working class.
During the nearly three-quarters of a century that he collected songs and dances in the Appalachian Mountains, Lunsford laid the groundwork for the preservation and revival of traditional folk music and dance.
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 Celtic Music Guitar Encyclopedia Guitar Chords Guitar Lessons Guitar Practicing Beginning Guitar Tips for Practice
While the ancient Celts undoubtedly had their own musical styles, these have grown and evolved to the point where considering any modern styles reminiscent of ancient Celtic music is misleading.
Much of the music is typified by strong, repeating melodies in a set rhythm, which reflects a background as music to dance to.
Largely through the immigration of the Scotch-Irish, Celtic music was the foundation for Appalachian folk music in the United States.
www.guitarlessons.bizhosting.com /Celtic_music.html   (398 words)

  
 Berea College - Hutchins Library
The Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives is mainly comprised of non-commercial sound and video recordings that document Appalachian history and culture and the history of Berea College.
The formative musical influences, repertoire, and playing styles of African American performers at the Celebration of Traditional Music have recently been explored by Appalachian Music Fellowship recipient Ajay Kalra.
Appalachian writing and scholarship is represented in interviews and lectures by such figures as Wendell Berry, Harry Caudill, Muriel Dressler, Wilma Dykeman, Helen Lewis, Jim Wayne Miller, Artus Moser, Gurney Norman, Leonard Roberts, Henry Scalf, James Still, Jesse Stuart, Don West, Cratis Williams, and Jess Wilson.
www.berea.edu /hutchinslibrary/specialcollections/specialsound.asp   (852 words)

  
 CD Songlist
This folk song is one of the early 20th century love ballads typical of a musical style whose elements have contributed to much of this century’s country music.
This pretty 1870 folk song, arranged here with autoharp and hammered dulcimer, is considered by many to be the favorite of all of the old Appalachian folk music.
Folk songs often tell the story of plain and simple things in life; and this lovely Carter song does justice to our album ending with its simple down home lyrics, sweet melody and soft dulcimer accompaniment led by Karen and Bob.
www.lvfolkmusicsociety.org /cdsonglist.html   (950 words)

  
 Democrat & Chronicle: Features (Arts)
In the end, though, he found little of this music to be meaningful — or even defiant.
What he found was traditional Appalachian folk music, a style that the Dirk Powell Band will bring to Kilbourn Hall for a concert Wednesday evening.
"Appalachian music was considered totally un-cool when I was growing up," says Powell.
www.democratandchronicle.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050227/ENT0102/502270344/1052/ENT   (390 words)

  
 Folk Music - MilesofMusic.com
Canadian folk musician Fearing's dazzling guitar work - that has drawn comparisons to Richard Thompson - is displayed to great advantage on this live album, recorded at a Toronto appearance.
A sort of folk music for the indie lo-fi set with a host of instrumentation ranging from the standard guitar, bass and drum combo to instruments more colorful.
Born in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky and raised on the folk music of that area, Ballads From Her Appalachian Family Tradition delivers just what the title promises.
www.milesofmusic.com /folk_music.html   (1024 words)

  
 washingtonpost.com: CLASSICAL MUSIC
Along with guest folk singer Mike Seeger, the Yings (an all-sibling ensemble) titled their offbeat program "No Boundaries," opening a window into America's disparate legacy as seen through the eyes of both modern classical and Appalachian folk music.
In the folk music tradition established by his parents, Pete and Ruth Crawford Seeger, son Mike chatted his way through musical Americana with songs and diverse instruments -- fiddle, banjo, harmonica and more -- revealing America's blend of heritages.
Nowhere was this more moving than in the way Seeger performed "Amazing Grace" (the Yings followed with a Higdon arrangement of it), singing and fiddling only a fragment of the tune at a time, and yodeling, yelping, gulping his way through gyrating melodic variations in ways known long before Beethoven.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A29457-2004Nov5?language=printer   (489 words)

  
 Green Milk & Music Concert
When Irish immigrants settled in the hills of Kentucky, they brought with them their Celtic tunes which evolved into Appalachian folk music, then Kentucky Bluegrass music, on into country music, followed by the rock-a-billy sounds of musicians like Elvis, followed by today's rock-n-roll, rap, and everything in between.
From here, a genre of music known as Appalachian folk music was born.
Both visitors and students will be able to meet the musicians, dance around to their music, and fully experience the group's unique Celtic sounds.
www.prweb.com /releases/2007/3/prweb511337.htm   (697 words)

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