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      December 12, 2019

      Thursday   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      1001 New Jersey 35
      Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702

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      The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration, Eastern Branch, Monmouth County Library System

      How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions, its cultural influence, and its style and technique?

      Until the early 20th century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive presentation, Matthew Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music -- covering a range of styles and modes of expression -- and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

      Matthew Backes is passionate about stringed instruments; he started playing at 15 years old. When he's not fiddling, singing, or picking mandolin or guitar, Backes teaches American Studies at Rutgers University. A historian that holds a Ph.D. in American History, Backes combines his passion for fiddling with his fascination with historical studies as often as he can. He also perfoms regularly with his bluegrass band, The Magnolia Street String Band.

      This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

      Cost: Free -

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