Missouri fiddler performs and speaks on the rich history of fiddling

8 months 1 week 2 days ago Saturday, October 14 2017 Oct 14, 2017 Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT October 14, 2017 in News
By: Ben Brady, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA -  Sunday, author of "Fiddler’s Dream," Howard Wight Marshall will have a concert and book signing at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. 

“The idea is to let people know about the history as much as anything else because some people have heard the music before but they don’t know the background,” Marshall said. “It’s complicated rich history behind something as seemingly simple as a fiddle tune.” 

"Fiddler’s Dream" explores the heritage of fiddle music in the Midwest from the 1920s-60s. It's the second book Marshall has written about the history of fiddling. The first book, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish," was published in 2012 and talks about the history of fiddling from the 1800s to the 1920s. 

“Playing music is a marvelous steam valve because it commands your full attention of your entire brain or the music is terrible,” Marshall said. “To make good music you have to bring a concentration to it that sort of blocks out your worldly woes.” 

Marshall has played the fiddle since 1974. He taught art history and archaeology at MU but was always drawn toward learning about history closer to his home. 

“Being from the middle of nowhere I accumulated stories about the history of local things and I always found those stories as interesting or more interesting than a book about Harry Truman,” Marshall said. “I wanted to know how history applied to my family and my place in the world.” 

Marshall is currently writing a third book on fiddling’s history. 

“Fiddling is a part of that out of the way history that most people pass over as silly or trivial but it is amazing how many people had fiddlers in their family,” Marshall said. “Even though it has diminished in its importance it is still a vibrant tradition.”

Marshall said Dale Pauley and Bud Wyatt, among others, will also be at Sunday's event to perform with him.

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