Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Dance Fiddlers, and Apprentices and Mentors


Cece Conway (Appalachian State University)

Accustomed to the one-string fiddle in West Africa (Dje Dje, 22,11), African American players flourished when they gained access to the Italian standardized Cremona violin. By 1690, in Accomac, VA a black fiddler played “for the dances of whites.” During the 1700s, blacks became the primary dance fiddlers in the South. Thomas Jefferson played fiddle tunes for Patrick Henry to dance, practiced the violin three hours a day, and transcribed the fiddle tune “Money Musk.” His enslaved black fiddlers Madison and Eston Hemings played for dances at Monticello for blacks and whites and were appreciated for beautiful versions of “Money Musk.”

Part of 22-07 Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Fiddler Dance Music, and Apprentices and Mentors (with media and music), Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm