Society Programs 2016
Saturday May 21, 2016 -
Note: Program will not be held at the Seminary Depot.
The May program for the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society will be Harry Bolick on "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s." Bolick sings and performs on fiddles and guitar and he will be sharing many tunes and songs unheard since they were collected in manuscript form in Mississippi in the 1930s, along with engaging stories of the history of their collection and sources. The program will be held at People's Bank in Collins in the upstairs meeting room on May 21, 2016 at 10:00AM. The Bank is located at 710 Main Street in Collins and is open for business during the time of the program. Harry will have some books and CDs for sale but the program is free to the general public. For more information, call Janet Smith at 601-947-4610 or June Ellis at 601-797-3233 or email Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in Mississippi, now living in New York, Harry Bolick has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught the classic fiddle tunes from Mississippi. The University Press of Mississippi has just published his book, co-authored by Stephen T. Austin, "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s." The book publishes for the first time, 180 fiddle tunes collected in 1936 by WPA field workers in Mississippi along with our transcriptions of 140 more tunes that were recorded on the subsequent 1939 WPA/Library of Congress field trip. The book also includes a history of the WPA collecting, photos and bios of many of the source musicians.
Harry's latest recording, his eighth, is "Tunes from the Book", and can be heard at: harrybolick.bandcamp.com He teaches fiddle and mandolin weekly in Garrison, NY, and is traveling in the US doing house concerts, workshops, festivals and presentations to share these unique Mississippi fiddle tunes.Document-records.com in England has just released a 3 cd set of the compete 1939 Mississippi fiddle and banjo Library of Congress field recordings that are transcribed in the book.
Videos of presentations, performances an more about the book: mississippifiddle.com. A short video overview of the book here.