The Folk Music Index/Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings

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The Folk Music Index/Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings


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The Folk Music Index. Jane Keefer. http://www.ibiblio.org/folkindex (Accessed 20 March 2010). [Requires a Web browser and an Internet connection.]

Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings. Charley Pennell. http:// www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography (Accessed 20 March 2010). [Requires a Web browser and an Internet connection.]

The Folk Music Index and the Discography of Bluegrass Sound Recordings are two robust, open-access Web sources for information about traditional music recordings, performers, and record publishers in a field with too-few established digital resources. Unlike other folk and bluegrass Web sites begun by collectors and dealers intent on selling records, these two sites-established by librarians who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the development of both resources-focus on information discovery. The online version of each resource was launched in 1996. Both databases are currently hosted by ibiblio (http://www .ibiblio.org), an extensive "collection of collections" of open-access information on topics ranging from music and literature to politics and cultural studies. ibiblio is a collaboration between the library science and journalism schools at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

More than thirty years ago, string-band musician and now-retired librarian Jane Keefer started the Folk Music Index as a card catalog of written and recorded music to use with her music pupils. The database has since grown to contain citations for more than 4,300 recordings, 400 books, and six magazines. Roughly 60,000 titles are searchable, along with the names of 25,000 performers. The latest additions to the database were made in 2008 and included all titles indexed in the two collections of O'Neill's Music of Ireland, Ryan's Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes, and Vance Randolph's four-volume Folk Songs of the Ozarks.

The Folk Music Index's coverage is strongest in the area of American folk music, especially old-time string-band recordings. However, there are plenty of British and Irish titles, as well. The collection is limited to items in Keefer's personal collection of commercial and non-commercial recordings. Users with an interest in learning about regional music are in luck, as Keefer is particularly interested in scarcelydocumented regional recordings. Keefer does not loan out the collection; rather, she refers users to libraries and to Open Worldcat.

The Index is powered by DOS-based Alpha4 database software. Free-text search is available, but there is no search box visible until one navigates from the home page to a browse page. The Index allows for keyword searching and browsing by title or performer. Links to active publishers are also provided. One of the most valuable and functional features of the site, however, is the cross-referencing of alternative titles, related tunes, similar melodies, and parodies. About twenty percent of the titles are related in this way. With so many variant titles and tunes in folk music, this kind of cross-searching is invaluable, and folklorists looking for song motifs or tune families will find this index quite useful. Once updated on an annual basis, the site's last addition was in 2008.

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