ICL: FROM GREAT BRITAIN, WEST AFRICA AND COLONIAL AMERICA TO APPALACHIA: THE ROOTS OF TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, 8 Sessions, Friday, April 5 – May 24, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
FROM GREAT BRITAIN, WEST AFRICA AND COLONIAL AMERICA TO APPALACHIA: THE ROOTS OF TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN MUSIC by David Brose, 8 Sessions, Friday, April 5 – May 24, 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
This class will explore the musical traditions and cultures from several continents that influenced old-time Appalachian string band music, ballads and folksongs historically and as the musical traditions exist today. Through discussions, light reading, and listening to music, this course will trace the migration and development of traditional music and musical styles over the past several centuries. We will discuss and hear the music as it existed prior to coming to the United States, how the music of several cultures and world areas blended to create the music as it continues to flourish, and new directions for the future. The manner in which radio and phonograph recordings beginning in the 1920’s changed the music and created new audiences will be investigated, as will the emergence of new musical styles such as bluegrass music, which beginning in the 1940’s added new and exciting dimensions to the traditions of old-time southern mountain music. This course will be designed to be informative, educational and entertaining, blending together commercial and on-location field recordings recordings with live, in class performances.
David A. Brose was born on May 17, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio. Brose began to perform on the banjo in 1958-’59, and went on to learn guitar and hundreds of folk songs beginning in the 1960’s through to the present. Brose has a Bachelor’s degree in Folklore studies with an emphasis on Appalachia (The Ohio State University 1975) and a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 1982. He has been the Colorado State Folklorist, Iowa State Folklorist, and has been the Folklorist at John C. Campbell Folk School from 1991 until the present. Brose continues to do on location recordings of folk music and he has a nationally syndicated radio show featuring folk and traditional music.