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Pa's Fiddle Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler

by Pa's Fiddle Band

The "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are rich in music-making and most feature descriptions of Pa playing his fiddle. This recording celebrates the unique place of the fiddle the history of American Music.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Buffalo Gals
2:59 album only
2. Jesus Holds My Hand
2:54 album only
3. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
2:42 album only
4. Polly Put The Kettle On
2:43 album only
5. My Sabbath Home
3:25 album only
6. Life Let Us Cherish/All the Blue Bonnets Medly
3:21 album only
7. Golden Years Are Passing By
1:20 album only
8. Boatman's Dance
2:31 album only
9. Mary of the Wild Moor
2:29 album only
10. The Campbell's Are Coming/Haste to the Wedding Medley
3:00 album only
11. Golden Years Are Passing By (Reprise)
4:31 album only
12. My Sabbath Home (Reprise)
1:03 album only
13. Yellow Heifer
3:11 album only
14. Life Let Us Cherish (Reprise)
1:04 album only
15. The New Year's Come
0:53 album only
16. Jesus Holds My Hand (Reprise 1)
3:28 album only
17. Jesus Holds My Hand (Reprise 2)
2:01 album only


Album Notes
The autobiographical Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) are rich in references to music, with 127 songs embedded in the narratives. In fact, there may be no books of comparable standing that document frontier America family music-making so thoroughly. The source of most music-making was Charles “Pa” Ingalls, a born entertainer who missed few occasions to sing and play his fiddle, an instrument that accompanied the Ingalls family through times good and bad and came to symbolize the endurance of the family unit in a threatening frontier world.

Courtesy of the Little House books, Charles Ingalls is perhaps the 19th-century American fiddler about whom we know most. We know the names of many of the tunes and songs he played, where he played them, for whom, and often why he chose them.

This recording, which draws from the instances when Ingalls is chronicled playing his fiddle alone, aims to place him among the first rank of old-time fiddlers whose music is foundational to so much in American music.



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