Portland Old-Time Music Gathering | An Introduction to Race and Racism in Old Time Music

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The standard “creation myth” of old time music often says that Scotch-Irish melodies combined with African rhythms created what is known today as old time fiddle music. However this narrative doesn’t even begin to cover the complexities and verlapping of different musics and cultures throughout the American South. From music played by enslaved Africans to blackface minstrelsy, to race records and hillbilly records, to 20th and 21st century revivalism; race and old time music are inextricably connected. This workshop will deconstruct several centuries of musical, cultural and racial history through discussion, listening and learning music.