(article) TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNCOUNCES RELEASE OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF TEXAS VOLUME 1: FIDDLE RECORDINGS FROM THE TEXAS FOLKLIFE ARCHIVES

December 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:

Charlie Lockwood

(512) 441-9255, clockwood@texasfolklife.org  


 

TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNCOUNCES RELEASE OF

TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF TEXAS VOLUME 1: FIDDLE RECORDINGS FROM THE TEXAS FOLKLIFE ARCHIVES”

 

 COMPILATION ALBUM FEATURES JOHNNY GIMBLE, RICKY TURPIN, VALERIE RYALS, BRIAN MARSHALL, JOSE MORENO AND BILL GILBERT 

Austin, Texas – Texas Folklife announces the release of Traditional Music of Texas, Volume 1: Fiddle Recordings from the Texas Folklife Archives, available in CD format on December 5, 2014.  This compilation album of digitized archival audio recordings represents the rich variety of fiddle traditions found across the state of Texas.  The album release is in celebration of the first inaugural Festival of Texas Fiddling at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, Texas, on Saturday December 6, 2014, presented by Texas Folklife and Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc.

Traditional Music of Texas, Volume 1: Fiddle Recordings from the Texas Folklife Archives contains digitized archival audio cassette recordings of past Texas Folklife programs dating from the 1990’s, including live recordings of fiddle workshops, field recordings from Texas Folklife’s apprenticeship program in the folk & traditional arts, and recordings from live concert events produced by Texas Folklife.  Artists and styles featured on the album include legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, Texas breakdowns and contest style fiddling by Ricky Turpin and Valerie Ryals, Polish style fiddling by Brian Marshall, Texas-Mexican fiddle music of Rio Grande Valley by Jose Moreno, and down home Texas style fiddling by Bill Gilbert and Mike Henderson.

Audio cassette recordings of Texas fiddle music were selected from Texas Folklife’s archives and digitized with the assistance of University of Texas at Austin School of Information archivists.  This album aims to be the first in a series of albums compiled from digitized Texas Folklife archival recordings highlighting Texas regional Texas music traditions. 

Project and album liner notes by album producers Dan Margolies (PhD History), History professor at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Charlie Lockwood (MA Ethnomusicology), Texas Folklife Operations & Development Director available at:
texasfolklife.org/catalog/tmtvol1

Texas Folklife will host an album release party at the Texas Folklife Gallery on Friday December 5, 2014 at 7p.m.
(1317 South Congress Ave / Austin, TX 78704). The release party will also include a presentation and exhibit of 30 years of Texas Fiddling and an Old Time Music Jam with Howard Rains, Tricia Spencer, Mark Rubin, and Dan Margolies.  

More event details:
http://texasfolklife.org/event/texas-folklife-fiddle-flashback

Inaugural Festival of Texas Fiddling
Saturday December 6, 2014
http://fiddlefestival.texasdancehall.org/
The Festival of Texas Fiddling will feature various style workshops lead by recognized masters of Texas fiddling, showcase concerts, and an evening dance featuring Al Dressen’s Super Swing Review.

About Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, Texas Folklife has honored cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences. It is located in Austin, Texas, in the SoCo neighborhood—one of the city’s vibrant commercial and arts districts.


www.texasfolklife.org

1317 S. Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78704

T (512) 441-9255

F (512) 441-9222

 

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