January 15, 2019
Cooper Library Meeting Room
200 South 6th Street
Opelika, AL 36801
Tuesdays at Two: Joyce Cauthen
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Joyce Cauthen: “Way Down in Alabam: Finding Old-Time Fiddlers and their Tunes”
In the early 1980’s Joyce Cauthen began seeking old-time fiddlers in Alabama. She wanted to find fiddlers who had learned to play by ear from their kinfolks and neighbors, those who knew archaic tunes and had not had the opportunity or felt the need to become polished and improvisational as many did after World War II. As anyone who travels much knows, the back roads of Alabama can be beautiful, mysterious, quaint, and quirky, and likely give you the feeling of stepping back in time.
In this talk, Joyce Cauthen will introduce their audiences to fiddlers from across the state, share their stories and describe the communities in which they played. She and Jim will perform a tune they learned from each one, and display a simple Power Point program that shows photos of the fiddlers discussed and their location in the state.