Friday, Oct. 14

06-13 Re-Centering the Periphery in the South: A Japanese Violinist, Black Fiddlers, and Frontier Poets Enlivening an International Festival

Friday, October 14, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Director 4

Sponsored by the Music and Song Section


Chair: Cece Conway (Appalachian State University)

2:30 pm
From LocalFest to the National and International Folk Festivals: What Challenges arise with an International Festival?
Evan Andrew Hatch ()

2:45 pm
West African Roots of African American Fiddling from the Coastal Plain to Monticello the Frontier during the American Revolution
Cece Conway (Appalachian State University)

3:15 pm
Affrilachian Frank X Walker’s Buffalo Dance poems Provide a Critical Examination of Colonialism through the Personal Awakening of York
Myfawny  Sierra  Ruiz (Appalachian State University)

3:30 pm
Japanese Classical Violinist Maako Sfrom Learns Old Time Fiddle by Ear from North Carolina Local Mentor Cecil Gurganus
Maako Shiratori (Duke University)

4:00 pm
optional discussion time

NC LocalFest and Nationals included Lady Farmers, Chocolate Drop Hubby Jenkins, NEA Fellows Wayne Henderson and Phil Wiggins. Folkmoot will include Cherokee and Scot Ed Miller Exile, but will Peggy Seeger and Triona of Irish/Appalchian Touchstone be able to travel to the InternationalFest? Blacks became predominant 18th C fiddlers from Monticello to the American Revolution frontier. York’s personal awakening in Affrilachian Buffalo Dance poems critiques colonialism. Starting classical violin at age 3, violinist Maako was a superb musical note reader with her Japanese MA. She pivoted to learn old time music by ear creatively from mentor Cecil Gurganus.