In 1980, RL Bob Morgan (RIP) and I loaded up my 1970 VW camper and headed to Missouri.  At that time I was an undergraduate student in the UCLA film school.  I received a small grant from UCLA to record old time fiddle music in the backwoods of Missouri.

Our first target was St. Louis, Missouri, to attend the Frontier Folklife music festival at the giant Arch down by the Mississippi River, where many old time musicians were going to meet and play that year.  In that event we met many fiddlers, guitarists, banjoists, harmonica players and others. The musicians featured on this website were at the event in St. Louis.

Missouri Fiddlin’: Field Research and Digital Archive about Old-Time Fiddle Music in SW Missouri Ozarks

In the late 1970s and early 1980s I became fascinated with old-time fiddle music from Missouri. My passion became a field work research project rooted in my love of this music. This music fascinated me as a musician and as a filmmaker. 

Special thanks for supporting this digital project goes to RL Bob Morgan (RIP), Eve Perrara, John Stodder, John Boehm, Richard Hawkins, Jorge Preloran, D. K. Wilgus, Nelson Hermilla, Jon Bailey, Anne Marie Baker, Shannon Mawhiney, Thomas Peters, Gordon McCann, Diana Robertson, Mark Galbraith, Mike Bajc @ Digital Media Arts, Grace McKay, Drew Beisswenger, Michael Rosen-Prinz, Kathryn Gose, Dima El Atab, Warren Balfour, and many others.

I am grateful for the direct and in-kind funding for the Missouri Fiddlin' project provided by National Endowment for the Humanities, Missouri Arts Council, Andrew Norman Charitable Trust, UCLA, Missouri State University Library Special Collections, Al Larvick Community Fund, and others.

Missouri Fiddlin’: Field Research and Digital Archive about Old-Time Fiddle Music in SW Missouri Ozarks

In the late 1970s and early 1980s I became fascinated with old-time fiddle music from Missouri. My passion became a field work research project rooted in my love of this music. This music fascinated me as a musician and as a filmmaker. 

In 1980, RL Bob Morgan (RIP) and I loaded up my 1970 VW camper and headed to Missouri.  At that time I was an undergraduate student in the UCLA film school.  I received a small grant from UCLA to record old time fiddle music in the backwoods of Missouri.

Our first target was a folklife music festival at the giant Arch in St. Louis, where many old time musicians were going to meet and play that year.  In that event we met many fiddlers, guitarists, banjoists, harmonica players and others. The musicians featured on this website were at the event in St. Louis.

Special thanks for supporting this digital project goes to RL Bob Morgan (RIP), Eve Perrara, John Stodder, John Boehm, Richard Hawkins, Jorge Preloran, D. K. Wilgus, Nelson Hermilla, Jon Bailey, Anne Marie Baker, Shannon Mawhiney, Thomas Peters, Gordon McCann, Diana Robertson, Mark Galbraith, Mike Bajc @ Digital Media Arts, Grace McKay, Drew Beisswenger, Michael Rosen-Prinz, Kathryn Gose, Dima El Atab, Warren Balfour, and many others.

 

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I am grateful for the direct and in-kind funding for the Missouri Fiddlin' project provided by National Endowment for the Humanities, Missouri Arts Council, Andrew Norman Charitable Trust, UCLA, Missouri State University Library Special Collections, Al Larvick Community Fund, and others.

Missouri Fiddlin': A Digital Multimedia Archive

Bob and I produced the audio recordings and analog photographs in the Missouri Fiddlin' Digital Mutlimedia Archive during our trip to Missouri in 1980.  I produced the videos and 16mm film in 1981-84. In 2022 I began the process of digitizing the collection of work and website building.

Please leave a comment about the Archive in the section below.

DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA and AUDIO PROJECTS

FILM AND VIDEO PROJECTS

Echoes of the Ozarks: Daily Life, Music, and Dance in SW Missouri

This is a 30-minute 16mm documentary film about daily life, old time music and dance, and social change for a community in the southern Missouri Ozarks. The project was funded by National Endowment for the Humanities, Missouri Arts Council, and Arkansas Arts Council. UCLA Master's thesis project. Anthony Collins was writer, producer, and editor of the project. Produced in 1987. Digital remaster 2021.

CYRIL STINNETT: Left-handed fiddle champion from NW Missouri

This 61-minute video is a one-on-one conversation with Cyril and his fiddle in his farmhouse in the prairielands of NW Missouri.

EMANUEL WOOD and FAMILY: Green Valley Waltz

This 30-minute video is a performance of Green Valley Waltz.

EMANUEL WOOD and FAMILY: Streak o’Fat and a Streak o’Lean
 

This video is a performance of Streak o'Fat and a Streak 0'Lean

EMANUEL WOOD and FAMILY: Music-making at home
 

This 30-minute video shows the Emanuel Wood family practicing music-making at home.