Fredric Lieberman recordings: 1981 Port Townsend Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, 1981-07  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lieberman, Fredric
Fredric Lieberman recordings: 1981 Port Townsend Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
9 items  :  OT - 3 audio cassettes; 6 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 4:04:10
Collection Number
Workshops recorded at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, July 1, 3, and 4, 1981.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Fredric Lieberman (1940-2013) received his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, his M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a performer, composer, writer, and teacher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His written works include "Planet Drum: A Celebration of Percussion and Rhythm", and "Drumming at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion".

Lieberman's interests included organology, particularly with regard to taxonomic methods and systematic description, the musics of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, and South India, and American vernacular musics from Tin Pan Alley through contemporary rock. His taught courses on American Popular Music and World Musics. He had an especially keen interest in the music of John Cage and of the Grateful Dead and served as an ethnomusicological consultant for various Mickey Hart projects.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Fredric Lieberman and Margaret Johnstone with Sony TC-D5, ECM 990 stereo microphones; assisted by Meg Glaser and Sarah Loudon.

Performers and contents (from original archive sheets):

Tape 1 (Old time fiddle music and Cajun recorded 7/1/81)- 1) Workshop (sound quality varies); musicians are from Mt. Airy, North Carolina; their playing style is apparently disappearing (Benton Flippin/fiddle; Paul Sutphin/guitar; Paul Brown/banjo); 2) Cajun music workshop; Canray Fontenot relates humorous personal stories from his Louisiana hometown (Canray Fontenot/fiddle; Mike Doucet/fiddle; Jeanie McLearie/guitar)

Tape 2 (recorded 7/3/81) - Workshop; information on vocal assemblage and breaking down of songs to illustrate how the harmonies work together; example of rehearsal techniques (Jeanie McLearie/vocals and fiddle; Irene Herman/vocals, fiddle, mandolin & cello; Alice Gerrard/vocals and guitar)

Tape 3 (Eastern European music styles, recorded 7/4/81) - Hank Bradley music workshop (Greek, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and one short Bhairavi alap on fiddle) (Hank Bradley/fiddle and guitar; Jody Stecher/fiddle, guitar, and bass; Sue Thompson/bass, guitar, and vocals; Jill Johnson/vocals; Jack Reich (Greek fiddler)/fiddle and guitar)

Tapes digitized 6/2016 (WAV, 48kHz, 24-bit) - 81-22.1a.wav (41:58), 81-22.1b.wav (23:40), 81-22.2a.wav (44:44), 81-22.2b.wav (42:21), 81-22.3a.wav (44:37), 81-22.3b.wav (46:50) (total = 4:04:10)

Documentation: Proof-sheet.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Banjo music
  • Cello
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Fiddle tunes
  • Fiddle tunes--United States
  • Folk music festivals
  • Folk song festivals
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Music festivals
  • Music festivals--United States
  • Vocal
  • Corporate Names :
  • Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
  • Geographical Names :
  • North America
  • Port Townsend (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound recordings