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New England Fiddle Music: History and Characteristics
Milton Public Library
Yankee fiddling is one of America’s most distinct musical traditions, differing from that of other regions in style, types of tunes, and general musical approach. In this program, fiddler, ballad singer, and poet Burt Porter presents both an explanation of the definitive characteristics of the music, illustrated with lively fiddling, and a discussion of the geographic, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped the music. The various tune categories, including jigs, hornpipes, and clogs, are explained, and the relationship between Yankee fiddling and New England fife-and-drum music on the one hand and classical violin music on the other are also examined.