> What exactly is "Old-Timey" and "New England" music ?
Hmm- room for interpretation here, but I'll give it a try:
Old-Timey is descriptive of a style of instrumental music that fits in
somewhere between Irish and Bluegrass. Sometimes people use "country
fiddling" interchangably with "Old-Timey". Tunes that spring to mind (in
most available books) are "Arkansas Traveller", "Whiskey Before Breakfast",
"Turkey in the Straw", etc. Generally un-ornamented (in the celtic sense),
steady of pace, and..... well, they just sound "Old-Timey". Intruments
include Fiddle and Harmonica, Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar (Melody!!),
Whistling humans, Jaw harp... sort of that kind of thing.
I would Define "New England" as a development or derivative of Old-Timey,
but generally more upbeat, varying rhythms, things like plucked strings on
the fiddle, more sort of... Foot stamping.
Old-Time music, New England, French Canadian also use many different
tunings. To really get a neat Old Timey sound, get your Fiddler's Fakebook
out and tune to Bonaparte's Retreat (and Midnight on the Water) like He
tells you to- DDAD. Sounds really neat. Like a Dulcimer-Fiddle.
Old-Timey Recordings are notoriously hard to find, but Rounder is realeasing
a compilation soon (already?). They are well worth it- There is a lot of
cross-over bewtween Irish and the like. "Soldier's Joy", for example, is a
neat tune to play in different styles. I have found that many times I
personally identify more with the Old-Timey or New England versions of Irish
tunes... Can't explain why, they have that raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-the
neck sort of feel to them that sometimes I don't get from Celtic.
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