Various Artists

Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 1: Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers

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Recorded between 1972 and 1995 (though mostly in the 1970s), this set and its companion volume (Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 2: Along the Kentucky River) document folk fiddle styles in northeastern Kentucky, usually recorded by fiddlers born around the beginning of the twentieth century. The fiddle tunes reflect and illustrate the variety of influences that found their way into Appalachian music, from Scots-Irish ballads to blues, waltzes, and hornpipes. To those without a deep or scholarly interest in the form, much of it will tend to run together and sound similar. For those who do want delve deep into the style, it's a valuable document including 39 tracks, 70 minutes of music, and voluminous liner notes about the fiddlers and the origins of the songs.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:15 Amazon
2 02:16 Amazon
3 01:54 Amazon
4 02:35 Amazon
5 01:06 Amazon
6 00:57 Amazon
7 00:54 Amazon
8 01:22 Amazon
9 01:12 Amazon
10 01:33 Amazon
11 01:25 Amazon
12 01:38 Amazon
13 02:10 Amazon
14 01:52 Amazon
15 00:50 Amazon
16 01:40 Amazon
17 02:22 Amazon
18 02:17 Amazon
19 02:22 Amazon
20 01:09 Amazon
21 01:35 Amazon
22 01:52 Amazon
23 02:23 Amazon
24 01:56 Amazon
25 02:42 Amazon
26 03:27 Amazon
27 01:31 Amazon
28 01:19 Amazon
29 02:18 Amazon
30 01:10 Amazon
31 02:55 Amazon
32 01:32 Amazon
33 01:59 Amazon
34 01:14 Amazon
35 01:55 Amazon
36 01:22 Amazon
37 01:16 Amazon
38 01:09 Amazon
39 02:21 Amazon
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