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Kentucky Play-Party Games from Graves & Carlisle Counties

A project to identify tunes to the play-party songs and document the movements that accompanied them when they were played as play-party games in the late 1920s.

Audio Highlight

Slim Miller

Slim Miller - Rockcastle County, KY
"Skip To My Lou," c. 1937.
John Lair Collection, (JL-DT-002-B)

Play-Party Games Lesson Plans

The ongoing outcome of my Berea Music Fellowship project is disseminating the reconstructed play-party games through school-based artist-in-residence teaching in eastern and other parts of Kentucky, lesson plans for use by other public school teachers, and dance workshop events such as Berea's Christmas Country Dance School. Also in the works is the possibility of expanding this research into a book-length publication for teachers that would include lesson plans for teaching the games, the cultural connection to rural western Kentucky, and stories from informants.