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Berea Sound Archives - Erynn Marshall Fiddle Tune Transcriptions

Selected fiddle tune transcriptions with original source recordings.

Erynn Marshall

2006 Appalachian Sound Archive Fellow Erynn Marshall primarily explored eastern Kentucky fiddle styles and song traditions, similar to her 1998 research conducted in West Virginia. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, the fiddler, ethnomusicologist, and author of the West Virginia University Press book Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia's Fiddle and Song Traditions, now lives in southwest Virginia. Erynn’s work at Berea included transcriptions of fiddle tunes by Hiram Stamper, J.P. Fraley, Santford Kelly and others.

Erynn also interviewed members of the Stamper family and made a number of field recordings, including a heretofore undocumented Old Regular Baptist congregation in Lincoln County. Her fieldwork involved meeting many resident musicians and visiting local, traditional music gatherings in Rockcastle, Garrard, Knox, Pike, Knott and Rowan counties as well as the Berea area.

With banjoist Chris Coole she brought her residency to a close with an on campus concert that included several of the fiddle pieces and tunings she studied while at Berea, as well as a newly composed tune, "Madison County Waltz," inspired by her stay in Madison County, Kentucky. Erynn's Fellowship Activity Report is available as a pdf file. (Document will open in a new window.)