The Completely Lost Mississippi Fiddle Tunes

by Harry Bolick & Friends

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Harry Bolick & Nate Paine, fiddles; Brendan Taaffe, banjo
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In the course of my extensive research into Mississippi fiddle tunes and their sources, I’ve come across dozens of orphaned titles where the melodies were lost. These 1930s era titles were noted in passing descriptions of local repertoire in WPA research, academic research, accounts of fiddle contests, lost 78rpm master recordings and advertisements for contests. The loss of these bits of our heritage has haunted me. Eventually I resolved, with the help of my good friend, Pat Conte, to expend our best efforts to “re-discovering” these completely lost melodies and their sources. We do hope you enjoy the fruits of our work.

A pdf with transcriptions and chords for many of the tunes can be downloaded from mississippifiddle.com. But are also included as a bonus item on BandCamp.

Disc 1 is drawn from our collection of vintage lost Misssissippi recordings. With this sampling, we selected for the best performances, the most interesting melodies and the best sound quality. Some of the other vintage recordings can be difficult listening.

On Disc 2 we made modern field recordings having learned the tunes from the vintage recordings.

-Harry Bolick

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released March 20, 2019

Harry Bolick & 44 Friends: Gailanne Amundsen, Noah Bauman, Ken Bloom, Jake Blount, Nathan Bontrager, Bach Bui, Alan Carr, Shona Carr, Robert Cater, Mikey Collins, Pat Conte, Chris Dalnodar, Cameron Dewitt,
Rachael Eddy, Shelly Gendusa, Ryan Marley Grant, Ethan Hawkins, Eli Hetko, Sasha Hsuczyk, Aubry Iron, Steve Kessler, Bradley Kolodner, Autumn Rose Lester, Jackson Lynch, Andy McCloud, Jack MaGee, Ben McManus, Roger Netherton,Eddie Nix, Peter Oswald, Nate Paine, Colby Pegg, Howard Rains, Jane Rothfield, Pat Schories, Charlie Shaw, Tricia Spencer, Tony & Marge Sume, Susan Sterngold, Brendan Taaffe, Christina Tanczos, Joel Wennerstrom, Pete & Ellen Vigour

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Harry Bolick Hopewell Junction, New York

Born in Mississippi, he has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught the classic fiddle tunes from Mississippi.  The University Press of Mississippi has just published his book, co-authored by Stephen T. Austin, "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930's." He teaches fiddle and mandolin weekly in Garrison NY and teaches workshops on Mississippi fiddle tunes around the US. ... more

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