Backwoods Heritage


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Backwoods Heritage
Traditional Songs, Dances, Fiddle Tunes, and More
By Martha Riley
Spiral-bound Book, CD and DVD
76 pages

From Appalachian ballads to New England contra dances, this marvelous collection of American folk traditions will delight students of all ages. The book includes folk songs, ballads, play party games, fiddle tunes, easy-to-understand dance instructions, and interesting information about the music, instruments, and dances. The compilation makes it easier for the traditions of folk music and dance to be passed on to children who do not live where folk music is such a big part of community life. Songs have the melody line and lyrics notated; many also include chord letters.

The included CD features recordings of 25 songs and dance tunes, performed by professional musicians, amateurs, and children. The included DVD shows children doing the play parties and dances as well as musicians demonstrating their folk instruments and playing the dance music.   

: Dedication; Acknowledgements; CD Contents; DVD Contents; Introduction.   

Songs, Ballads, & Hymns:
Origin of the Songs
Song Collectors
Regarding Different Versions & Performance Style
Songs About Love & Courting (Shady Grove, Lazy John, Frog Went A-Courtin', There is a Ship), Ballads (Barbry Ellen, Father Grumble),
Animal Songs (The Fox, The Old Woman Who Had a Little Pig, Old Rattler)
Hymns (Brightest & Best)
Notes on Songs/ Ballads/ Hymns
Performers for Songs/ Ballads/ Hymns   

Play Parties:
Description of a Play Party (The Play Party in Indiana by Leah Jackson Wolford)
Easy Mixers & Games Without Partners (Sally Down the Alley, Needle's Eye, Cuckoo Waltz)
Set Dances (Paw Paw Patch, The Duke of York)
Rights & Lefts & Other Tricky Moves (Bingo, Goin' to Boston)
Thoughts on Teaching Play Parties
Notes on Play Parties
Performers for Play Parties   

Folk Instruments & Fiddle Tunes:
Appalachian Dulcimer, Fiddle (Old Joe Clark, The Orange Blossom Special), Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Raymond McLain & Friends, Flute, String Bass, The Berea Castoffs, Accordion, Keyboard, The Bent Nickel Band, Hammered Dulcimer, Penny Whistle, Limberjack & Spoons, Bittersweet & Briers, Performers for Folk Instruments & Fiddle Tunes   

Openers & Endings (Warm Up, Follow the Leader, Open Tunnel, Grand March, Wind-Up)
Traditional Favorites (The Virginia Reel- Comin' Round the Mountain, Triple Promenade- Out on the Ocean)
Contra Dances
Contra Dance Music
Contra Formations (Arkansas Traveler- Turkey in the Straw, Jefferson & Liberty- Soldier's Joy, Boston March- Road to Boston),
World's Largest Contra Line
Kentucky Running Set (Opening, Around the World, Cage the Bird, Up Town Down Town, Wild Goose Chase, Grapevine Twist),
More Crowd-Pleasing Dances (Ninepins, The Hat Dance, A Sicilian Circle)
Suggestions for Teaching Folk Dances
Notes for Dances,
Performers for Dances.   

Descriptions of Folk Dance Terms; Student Performers; Bibliography; Alphabetical Index of Songs/ Dances/ Fiddle Tunes.


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Suggested to me by my Orff instructor.
Ben M on Feb 27, 2012
For theatre production
Tara R on Jul 10, 2012

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