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John Harrod Kentucky Fiddle Music Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BCA 0089 SAA 089

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of two-hundred (200) audio field recordings and eighty eight (88) video recordings of interviews and performances documenting the repertoire and playing styles of several dozen Kentucky fiddlers, banjo players and singers. 

Listen To Selected Performances

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.

Listen To John Harrod's Oral History Interview


  • created: 1970-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Follow links in Series Two and Three box lists to view video and photographs. There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations. Listening copies of all recordings can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.


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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.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: Original Audio Recordings; Boxes 1-6

Series 2: Original Video Recordings; Boxes 7-20

Series 3: Photographs and Printed Matter; Box 21

Other Descriptive Information

BCA 0089 SAA 089

Processing Information

The collection was arranged by Harry Rice, Sound Archivist.

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Harry Rice
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Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US