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John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection



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John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection, 1970-1990 | Berea College Special Collections & Archives Database

By Harry Rice

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Title: John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection, 1970-1990Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Harrod, John

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The collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Recordings/Cassette Tapes; Boxes 1-21

Series 2: Photographs and Printed Matter; Box 22

Subjects: Banjo music--Kentucky., Fiddle tunes--Kentucky., Folk music--Kentucky.

Languages: English


The recordings preserve the singing and playing of several dozen musicians mostly from the eastern half of the state. Many of them have since passed on and in several instances the tunes and playing styles documented date well back into the 1800s. Predominant tune sources for the fiddlers recorded include minstrel stage music and the dance music of Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, and in some instances, African American traditions.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is comprised of one-hundred ninety-nine (199) audio field recordings of interviews and performances documenting the repertoire and playing styles of several dozen Kentucky fiddlers.  The audio and video recordings were made over several years’ time (1970-1990) by John Harrod (b. 1946), an able musician and one of the leading documenters of older style traditional music in Kentucky, particularly its strong fiddle tradition.

Also included in the collection are photographs of performers and a transcript of a John Harrod interview of Darley Fulk.

Biographical Note

John Harrod (b. 1946), is an able musician and one of the leading documenters of older style traditional music in Kentucky, particularly its strong fiddle tradition.

Subject/Index Terms

Banjo music--Kentucky.
Fiddle tunes--Kentucky.
Folk music--Kentucky.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections & Archives Database

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Processing Information: The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated in September 2015.

Other Note:

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are located here: https://berea.access.preservica.com/archive/sdb%3Acollection%7C7eca5116-01a3-4a70-a3e6-6c8f9b2e5011/

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Box and Folder Listing

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Series 2: Photographs and Printed MatterAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

001 Bill Livers String Ensemble: L-R: Jane Harrod, John Harrod, Natalie Andrews, Bill Livers, Eric Larsen, Ben Griffith.

002 John Harrold, Bill Livers, Johnny Berry, (behind Bill) Eric Larsen.

003 Bill Livers

004 Progress Red Hot String Band, Monterey Fair, Owen County: L-R: John Harrod, Tom Rein, Bill Livers, Larry Green, Larry Kelly.

005 Young Art Stamper

006 Walker Family Jamming: Clockwise from left: Bert Feintuch, ?, Sammy Walker, Nell Walker, Joanne Hofelich, Don Coffey, Bonnie Coffey, John Harrod and Jane Harrod (with fiddle, back to camera).

007 John Harrod (right) interviewing Owen 'Snake' Chapman 1995.

008 L-R: Bill Prater (gtr), Brooks Mineer (fdl)

009 L-R Noah Kinney, Charlie Kinney, Clarence Rigdon. Lewis County. [Early 1980s].

010 L-R Noah Kinney, Alfred, Alfred Bailey, Roger Cooper, Charlie Kinney, Gus Meade. April 8, 1987.

011 L-R Roger Cooper and Junior Aldridge. Shultz Creek, Greenup Co., KY. October 5, 1992.

012 L-R Henry York and Carlton Rawlings, Bath County 150th Anniversary, 1961.

013 L-R Tom Reilly and Coleman Cornelison. Image from Unknown Newspaper Clipping.

014 L-R John Harrod and George Lee Hawkins. Shelbyville, KY.  July 26, 1984.

015 L-R Sammy Bowles and Roger Cooper. [Lewis County,  Mid-late 1980s.]

016 Darley Fulks, Wolfe County fiddler, and wife, Mabel.

017 Asa Martin, early 1970s

018 L-R Earl Thomas, Jr. and John Harrod at Berea Crafts Fair.

019 Earl Thomas, Jr., Kelly Gilbert, John Harrod. Early Shelbyville, KY 1980s.

020 L-R Doug Stipe and Jim Woodward. Image from periodical?

021 L-R Jim Webb, Wanda Lefler, John Harrod, Kelly Gilbert, George Lee Hawkins at Joyce Hancock's house in Frankfort, Ky. Late 1980s.

022 Sam McCord in Milton, Ky. Mid 1980s.

Folder 2: Printed Matter: Biographical, book reviewAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Transcript of Interview (uncorrected) of Darley Fulks interviewed by John Harrod (to accompany JH-CT-101-008)Add to your cart.

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