The video encyclopedia of old geezer fiddlers

This compendium of videos was originally envisioned to be a resource for my students. My intent is to visually show the wide variety of bowing styles represented in old time music. For that reason, I have chosen to focus on vintage video footage and not to dive into the wealth of audio resources available on the internet.

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I have also chosen not to incorporate modern fiddlers into this list; to do so would add thousands of fiddlers to the list, a project that I don’t have capacity for. To keep this encyclopedia’s complexity at a manageable level, I’ve focused on fiddlers who learned their music from their families and communities rather than within the context of the old time music revival. That means that the fiddlers in this encyclopedia are not currently promoting themselves, or even alive in most cases.

One problem with these subjective lines in the sand is that women fiddlers and fiddlers of color were systematically left out by those documenting southern Appalachian music and are thus severely under-represented on the internet within this genre.

This encyclopedia, by nature, will be incomplete. If you know of any videos that should be included here please let me know.

It’s meant to be a learning resource. I hope you find it useful.

Additional resources on women and people of color in old time music:

Benjamin Hunter’s excellent presentation “Black Music. Full Stop.”

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Charlie Acuff
Bio pending – 5 videos

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Alfred Bailey

Kenny Baker

Dick Barrett

Bill Birchfield

Joe Birchfield

Ralph Blizzard

Louie Bluie

Bun Wrights’ Fiddle Band

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Blind James Campbell

Jimmy Campbell

Ernie Carpenter

Snake Chapman
Bio pending – 4 videos

Earl Collins
Full bio – 2 videos

Roger Cooper

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Clyde Davenport
Full bio, 10 videos

Dwight Diller

Bob Douglas

Wilson Douglas
Bio pending – 12 videos

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Benton Flippen
Full bio – 5 videos

J.P. Fraley

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Cecil Goforth

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Wilber Hall

Leland Hall

Albert Hash

Violet Hensley

Jim Herd

Bob Holt

Pete Howard

Ed Hyde

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Tommy Jarrell
Full bio – 18 videos

John Johnson

Herman Johnson

Ramona Jones

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Clarke Kessinger

Taylor Kimble

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Lilly May Ledford

Bill Livers

Bascom Lamar Lunsford

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Marcus Martin

Lester McCumbers

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Uncle Charlie Osbourne

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Lost John Ray

John Rector

Elmer Rich

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Harvey Sampson
Full bio – 4 videos

Jilson Setters

Fiddlin Aurthur Smith

Kilby Snow

Thornton Spencer

Hiram Stamper

Art Stamper

Cyril Stinnet

Tim Stokes

Lee Stripling

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Harvey Pappy Taylor

Benny Thommasson

Joe Thompson

Ralph Troxell

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Various

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Paul Warren

Red Wilson

Melvin Wine

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