Online Program: The Fiddle in Missouri Life With Howard Marshall

Thursday, May 27 • 6-7 p.m.
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Presented by the Daniel Boone Regional Library

Howard Marshall works on a tune for the soundtrack to a friend's movie. Photo by Shane Epping.

Howard Marshall works on a tune for the soundtrack to a friend’s movie. Photo by Shane Epping.

How and why did the fiddle (or violin) become so prevalent in Missouri history and in the varieties of music around us? At this virtual presentation, Howard Marshall will talk about the history behind the fiddle tunes played across Missouri and play some examples.

Howard Marshall is a lifelong fan of fiddle music and fiddlers. In recent years, he has published his research in journal articles and books for the University of Missouri Press documenting the people and music of the fiddle in Missouri’s cultural life, from the early French settlements into the 1960s. His books include “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish,” 2012, and “Fiddler’s Dream,” 2017, both with CDs of archival recordings. A third book, continuing the saga from the 1960s to the present, is being prepared for publication.

Dr. Marshall is professor emeritus of art history and archaeology at the University of Missouri in Columbia and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center. Adults and teens.