Fine Times at Our House: Traditional Music of Indiana: Ballads, Fiddle Tunes, Songs

Collected by musician and producer Pat Dunford and musicologist Art Rosenbaum, the twenty songs and fiddle tunes on this album were chosen from a vast collection of recordings from their travels around Indiana in the early sixties.

At the time, Indiana had been largely ignored by collectors and folk enthusiasts researching old-time music. Dunford and Rosenbaum wanted to present the songs and tunes remembered by Hoosier musicians, including master old-time fiddler John W. Summers, that were most characteristic of the state, fearing they might soon be all but gone.

Liner notes include song lyrics, notes on the singers and fiddlers, and a bibliography.

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RECORD LABEL Folkways Records
SOURCE ARCHIVE Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
COPYRIGHT 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1964 Folkways Records
GENRE(S) American Folk; Old Time
COUNTRY(S) United States
CULTURE GROUP(S) Anglo-American
INSTRUMENT(S) Fiddle; Guitar
SUBJECT(S) Adunke; Agriculture; Animals; Ballads; Courtship; Dance; Fiddle tunes; Folk songs–United States; Games; Hornpipes; Hymns; Instrumental music; Love songs; Military music; Murder; Music–Juvenile; Play-party; Religious; Supernatural; Tragic songs; Waltz; Wit and humor
Pat Dunford – Recorder
Art Rosenbaum – Recorder


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