Retro Music Mondays – African- American Music – part 5 – Folk Music

Appalachian Folk Music makes me wanna get up and dance. My grandfather and his father and probably his father before that used to play the fiddle. I wish I could’ve heard them play, but I imagine that’s why I like this music so much. It’s in my blood.

Appalachian map
Map of Appalachia

In the 1920s there was a synergy that occurred through a melding together of many musical influences which produced: traditional folk music with a mix sometimes with blues, jazz, country, and blue grass. Appalachian folk music is one example of an influence that precedes country music. Appalachian folk was the traditional music of the eastern states area of Appalachia. This area was populated by the Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants who brought with them their traditional ‘celtic music’, which was fused in America with African music. The banjo, an African instrument, and fiddles (European instruments) are some of the prominent instruments used to produce the folk music of the south.

"The Banjo Lesson," by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1893. Oil on canvas, 49″ × 35½″. Hampton University Museum
“The Banjo Lesson,” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1893. Oil on canvas, 49″ × 35½″. Hampton University Museum
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