Acoustic Music Resources

Over a hundred resources have been collected here to help you find everything acoustic from local live acoustic music, luthiers, performers, sheet music and learning resources.

If you have a favorite that might benefit other musicians, please let us know.

J.P. Fraley – This well-known and well-respected Kentucky old-time fiddler passed away
on February 17, 2011 at the age of 87. Here are a couple of links to his playing
on YouTube, from a documentary by Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain.

  • J.P. Fraley plays his signature tune Wild Rose of the Mountain, accompanied by his wife Annadene Fraley
    and Shetlands fiddler Aly Bain. J.P. and Aly then talk about Kentucky fiddling.
  • J.P. Fraley plays Dusty Miller, accompanied by his wife Annadene.
  • Also, here’s an obituary/article about J.P. published 1/18/11 in The Independent of Ashland, Kentucky.

Art Deems – Long-time SCVFA member, known especially for his “trick” fiddling, passed away on April 16, 2012. Here’s a nice
YouTube video from April 2011 showing Art up to a few of those tricks.

TUNES & LEARNING

  • The ABC tune collection — several hundred thousand tunes, in ABC notation, including ABC versions of many published collections.
  • John Chambers’ ABC Tune Finder, with hundreds of tunes (in ABC notation). New (2018) version of the collection formerly on the trillian server at MIT.
  • Folklife The Library of Congress’s online folk music collections, including a special section “California Gold” on Northern California music of the 30’s.
  • Mudcat Café / Digital Tradition Folk Song Database Search the DT database for words to 6500 songs.
  • The National Institutes of Health has lyrics to various songs, especially kid-oriented songs.
  • North Atlantic Tune List (wait for it!): “The site focuses on dance and fiddle tunes from several regions around the North Atlantic” (and beyond). It generally provides PDFs, MIDIs and MP3 clips for the tunes.
  • Roughstock Lyrics Archive of Country & Western words and chords.
  • The Session Mostly Celtic fiddle tunes, with standard and ABC notations available.
  • Sing Out! Online site of one of the best magazines dedicated to preserving Folk Music.
  • Slippery Hill A wonderful site with many often rare, mostly old recordings of fiddle music. If you like it, donate to them!

OLD-TIME MUSIC

  • American Memory A production of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Contains over seventy multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, motion pictures, and text, free to the public for educational purposes.
  • Hetzler’s Fakebook Old-time MIDIs by the score, some with PDF sheet music too.
  • Library of Congress Henry Reed pages Field recordings and some hand-written notations of West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed.
  • Old-Time Music Home Page Old-Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Old-time resources on the Web.
  • ZEPP Country Music Site Old-time fiddle tune MP3s.
  • Old-Time Fiddle tunes — A collection of fiddle
    tunes from old recordings and workshops transcribed by John Lamancusa. Over 370 tunes, most with PDF, MIDI and MP3.

CELTIC

BLUEGRASS

  • Sugar in the Gourd Online radio. Formerly all old-time; it apparently has been somewhat erratic. It now seems to be a mix of old-time, country,
    bluegrass, blues, folk, etc.
  • KKUP on FM: Listener-sponsored radio formerly in Cupertino, CA – 91.5 FM Bluegrass, Celtic, local bandss, and lots of other good music.

FIDDLES

BANJOS

MANDOLINS

GUITARS

RESONATOR GUITARS

PERFORMERS – Old-Time and Bluegrass Groups

PERFORMERS – Fiddlers

PERFORMERS – Banjo Players

PERFORMERS – Mandolin Players

PERFORMERS – Resonator/Steel/Dobro Players

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