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Upcoming Speaker Series Presentations
The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise noted, programs will be held at the Missouri State Archives, located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. The series is underwritten by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives.
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Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth Century Missouri
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7 p.m.
In Fiddler’s Dream, Dr. Howard Marshall’s sequel to Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, his well-received tome on old-time fiddlers in Missouri, he uses oral history, archival research, photographs and fiddle tune transcriptions to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in the state from the early 1920s through the turbulent 1960s. The book focuses on such topics as radio performers, 1920s fiddling contests, the growth in popularity of oprys, Show-Me State fiddlers who emigrated to the West Coast and took their music with them and the influence of traditional fiddle music on swing, jazz and bluegrass. Join us as Dr. Marshall speaks on these prominent themes and performs with an accompanying ensemble of central Missouri traditional musicians.