Public Scholars Project

The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration

December 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Shrewsbury, NJ | Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch
How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions, its cultural influence, and its style and technique? Until the early twentieth century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive session, Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music—covering a range of styles and modes of expression—and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

Matthew Backes, Ph.D.
American Studies at Rutgers University
Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch
1001 Route 35
Shrewsbury, NJ