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for North Carolina Folklore Journal Vol. 28 Issue 2, Nov 1980
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Daniel Watkins Patterson is a preeminent scholar in the field of Shaker studies. He is also a first-rate teacher in the English Department at the University of North Carolina and Chairman of the Curriculum in Folklore. He has written books and articles, and created films on Shaker spirituals and Social Harp singing, as well as Scotch-Irish gravestone carvers.
Growing up between Cherokee and Anglo cultures, Manco Sneed learned to play the fiddle at a young age, and became well known for his music playing. Three transcriptions of his tunes are included.
This article focuses on the band the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, in hopes of illustrating some of the more important qualities which characterize old-time music as they play and perceive it, not only in the terms of the music sound and techniques in producing it, but also in terms of the tradition which surrounds it.
Following the aftermath of WWI, the waltz and the blues became increasingly important and popular. Southern fiddlers began to incorporate blues elements and tunes into their music, partially in response to increased awareness of blues through recordings and radio, and partially through a growing appreciation of local black blues styles.