Fiddle music through American history.

Starting with Colonial times, Tim presents tunes that
were known at various periods of American history,
connecting them with important events and people.
Did you know that Patrick Henry was an outstanding
-That a slave on the Lewis and Clark expedition
played the fiddle?
-That the name of a famous tune commemorating a
battle from the War of 1812 had its name changed
because of a general of the Civil War?   

These and many other facts will be illustrated with
tunes and traditional regional styling in a 1/2 - 1
hour presentation.
American music and dance before the phonograph.

Today music is taken for granted.    In our society, we hear
music almost constantly wherever we go, and whatever we
do.     Before Thomas Edison invented recording, music
was something much more special, and wonderful.
Through use of traditional iSongs our
great-great-great-grandparents loved.nstruments and old
songs, Tim presents a world where most music was of the
homemade type, on simple instruments or with none at all.  
He shows the impact of the fiddle on life in an expanding
He also explains the transition from identifying a song with
its composer to identifying it with a particular performer.
Songs our great-great-great-grandparents loved.

Young people today are familiar with all the currently
popular songs on the radio, television, and the
internet.   Many are also acquainted with "oldies":
songs popular a generation or two ago.   
But Tim will take a trip back in time more than 100
years, to the songs that were popular before the
invention of recording;   that were popular at the time
of the Civil War;  that were sung and popular at the
time of the founding of our country.
The presentation may use guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and
harp to show the variety of music played way back
Music of the immigrants to America.

America in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century built its
population largely from immigrants from Northern Europe.
Tim, using songs and traditional instruments, presents
music brought here by these immigrants, and eventually
blended into the American repertoire.
Folk music of Scandinavia.

A presentation of Folk songs and tunes from Sweden,
Norway, Finland, and Denmark.   Tim shows the
variety of rhythm and harmony, using authentic
traditional instruments: fiddle, Swedish nyckelharpa,
Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, and others.
He also presents an introduction to the dance
traditions of these countries.   The dancing can be
either demonstration or a participation activity.
Folk music of the British Isles.

Fiddle tunes and songs from Ireland and Scotland and
England are still popular in America among
aficianados.    Tim will present a cross-section of
music showing the depth, energy, and beauty of this
traditional music.
Folk music and customs of Sweden.

Most Americans are unacquainted with the marvelous
world of traditional music in this out-of-the-way country
in Northern Europe.   In an area the size of California,
they have one of the richest traditions of folk music in
the world.   Thousands of tunes, wonderful rhythms,
dozens of distinct dialects of music from place to place.
Tim presents a delightful collection of tunes on both
nyckelharpa and fiddle, which can energize, relax, and
astonish listeners with the variety and complexity of
Sweden's musical treasure.
A sampling of concert/lectures appropriate
for elementary to high-school level