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Erynn Marshall Fiddle Tune Transcriptions
Selected fiddle tune transcriptions with original source recordings.
From 2005-2016, the Sound Archives Fellowship program supported both the scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio / video collections and the conducting of cultural documentation projects that produced new material for future research use.
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. She is originally from British Columbia, Canada, and now lives in southwest Virginia. She authored the West Virginia University Press book Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia's Fiddle and Song Traditions. 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.