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Harry Bolick performs on fiddle, octave fiddle, guitar and sings. In concert he will share 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. 1920s and 30s commercial recordings also permeate his repertoire and presentations, for a overview of the quirky and impressive Mississippi fiddle dialect.

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 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. In support of the book, Document Records has just issued a 3 cd set of the compete 1939 Mississippi fiddle and banjo field-recordings.

Harry's latest recording, his eighth, is "Tunes from the Book", and can be heard at:https://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.

More about the book:
"Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930's". University Press of Mississippi or www.mississippifiddle.com 

 

Video

Full book presentation at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, May 2016, music starts 15 min into the video.

Two versions of Fisher's hornpipe from Good Coffee House concert, March 6, 2016

Flirting Song from a house concert in Hamden Ct, March 26, 2016

Woves a Howling from Good Coffee House concert, March 6, 2016