A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman

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Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Bill Foshag for introducing me to folklife studies and old-time music. Bill is an old-time and bluegrass guitarist, and he also played his oldtime tunes on his stereo for me while we were working to restore his old gristmill near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I was listening.

Two teachers initiated me into playing the fiddle. Lasaunne Allen introduced me to the instrument during one of her winter stays in St. Augustine, and Wayne Martin taught me new techniques and provided me with a good feel for the tunes through lessons at his restaurant's dance hall in Blountstown, Florida.

Folklorists associated with the Florida Folklife Program gave me opportunities to present fiddlers and other traditional musicians and folk artists in schools and communities. Peggy Bulger, Tina Bucuvalas, Kristin Congdon, Ormond Loomis, Nancy Michael, Nancy Nusz, David Reddy, Jan Rosenberg, Bob Stone, David Taylor, and Brent Tozzer were especially generous in sharing their knowledge of Florida folklife. I have benefited from the expertise, passion, and good humor of my folklore colleagues. They are too numerous to mention, but Betty Belanus, Paddy Bowman, Brent Cantrell, Bob Gates, Alfred Kina, and Gail Matthews-DeNatale deserve special recognition.

Dick Bauman, Sandra Dolby, Henry Glassie, and Greg Schrempp provided valuable insights, guidance, and direction during my doctoral studies at Indiana University. I have also benefited greatly from readings and discussions with my

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Preface - Shuffle ix
  • Introduction - Fiddler's Stories 1
  • 1 - Arts Mania 9
  • 2 - And the Merry Love the Fiddle 18
  • 3 - Worksop 33
  • 4 - [Your Word Was Your Bond] 55
  • 5 - Uncle Josie's Farm 86
  • 6 - Richard's Fiddle 105
  • 7 - Core Repertory 132
  • 8 - Folklife in Education 150
  • 9 - A Florida Fiddler 163
  • 10 - The Voice of a Fiddler 182
  • 11 - The Icing on the Cake 196
  • Postscript 199
  • Tunes 201
  • Notes 209
  • Works Consulted 237
  • Index 249
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