English 4810/5710:Adv Studies in Folklore Fieldwork.
Primary Field Trip: Mt Airy Fiddler's Convention, June 1,2,3,4 (3 credits)(in person)
Possible fieldtrip to Wayne Henderson's on Tuesday 5/16 or 6/6 (5-7 hrs) Pre-Mt Airy
Prep: 2 hour classes May 16. Acquire 2 hrs raw footage of trad music approved by prof (eg 4/4 Larry & Joe)
Contact Dr. Conway for details: email@example.com
Texts: Library o f Congress Folklife and Fieldwork revised by Steve Winick. Bruce Jackson: Wake Up Dead Man (1972) Swim (1974) The World Observed (1996) Project #1: Fieldwork PowerPoint Journal ofMt Airy Fiddler's Convention with photos, video, and commentary. Final Project: 2 videos or PowerPoints (15-25 m) and research paper on trad musicians with interviews and their performing strengths, mentors, local and historical contexts, patterns of growth, contributions, and significance. Possible research resources: Gerald Milnes, Play of a Fiddle: West Virginia (or Irish: Between the Jigs and Reels), Alan Jabbour, Fiddle Tunes of the Frontier, Cece Conway, African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia. Various music and films on ASULearn TBA