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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


FFinding aid and full-text scan of paper (Click on “Additional Files” below) for Folklife Archives Project 350. Paper titled "Fiddle About: Ed Carnes-Contest Fiddler" in which Randy Fox charts the history of fiddle playing and the rise of "contest fiddling" during the traditional music revival in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Fox's main informant is Ed Carnes, an old-time fiddler who won the Kentucky State Fiddle Championship in 1981. Carnes details his beginnings as a fiddler, the recording of his fiddle-tunes album, and his travels across the country to different fiddling contests.


American Popular Culture | Folklore | Music

FA 350 B1 F1 #1 FOX Randy.pdf (248 kB)
Fiddle About: Ed Carnes - Contest Fiddler (paper)