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Field Recording Sessions

Indiana Hoedown: Traditional Music from the Hoosier State

Indiana Committee for the Humanities & Indiana Arts Commission grants, 1979-80

Recordings in Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University.

EvNo Date Event/Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
IH001 6/21/1979 Francis Geels Decatur fiddle traditional
IH005 8/25/1979 Fiddle Contest at Tri-State Gas Engine & Tractor Assoc. Reunion in Portland: Lowell Logan; Dillard Armstrong; Bob Leidigh; Adlie Hedges; &c. Muncie; Bryant; Defiance, Ohio; Portland fiddle bluegrass
IH007 9/15/1979 Hoagland Oktoberfest: Maumee Valley Polka Band; The Barons (Saturday) Napoleon, Ohio; Detroit accordion; brass &c. dance / German polka
IH008 9/16/1979 Hoagland Oktoberfest: The Imperials; The Vandenberg Orchestra (Sunday) Toledo, Ohio; Holland, Michigan accordion, brass &c. dance / German & Dutch polka
IH009 9/29/1979 Dale Alles & the Alles Family Band: Dance at Alles' Barn Roanoke accordion, electric guitar &c. square dance
IH010 10/11/1979 Herman Fox, Hugh Sowers & The Entertainers: At the Rudisill Senior Center in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne; Arcola concertina & fiddle German
IH011 10/12/1979 Herman Fox & Hugh Sowers & The Entertainers Fort Wayne; Arcola concertina & fiddle German
IH012 10/25/1979 Vic Rigsby Cromwell fiddle & banjo traditional; bluegrass
IH013 10/29/1979 Dillard Armstrong Ritchell Bowman & Collins Ciscon Bryant fiddle, mandolin & guitar bluegrass
IH014 10/29/1979 Adlie Hedges Portland fiddle traditional
IH015 10/30/1980 Noble Melton Indianapolis fiddle; interview traditional
IH016 11/8/1979 William Bernard Lee & Bill Hardy Nashville; Monroe County fiddle, guitar & vocals traditional; bluegrass
IH017 11/17/1979 David Hall with Mike & Marvin Flowers Monticello fiddle traditional; bluegrass
IH018 11/11/1979 Clay 'Pete' Smith with Country Bluegrass Star City fiddle & vocal traditional; country
IH019 11/13/1979 Francis Geels Decatur fiddle traditional
IH020 11/27/1979 Clay "Pete" Smith Star City fiddle; interview traditional
IH021 11/29/1979 Henry & Clella Rigsby with Vic Rigsby Wawaka banjo & vocals traditional
IH022 11/29/1979 Ken Stonebreaker Albion fiddle traditional
IH023 11/30/1979 Toad Bradley Servia fiddle traditional
IH024 11/30/1979 Jam at the Bandstand in Wabash: Dave Johnson; Jim Cornell; & c. Wabash; Fort Wayne banjo, mandolin &c. bluegrass
IH025 12/13/1979 George & Dan Berger Fort Wayne accordion & trumpet German polka
IH026 12/15/1979 Donald Duff & the Duff Family Band Lebanon fiddle & vocals traditional; gospel
IH027 12/18/1979 Hector Phillips & the Patoka Valley Boys: In Bears Back Room in Bloomington Petersburg, Winslow fiddle, mandolin &c. traditional
IH028 12/20/1979 Eleanor Gianikeff Fort Wayne interveiw Macedonian
IH029 1/4/1980 Hector Phillips Petersburg fiddle traditional
IH030 1/8/1980 Julian Cramer Martinsville mandolin, guitar popular; ragtime
IH031 1/11/1980 Jam at the Bandstand in Wabash: Ray Moore; Kenny DeMarcus; &c. Servia; Wabash fiddle, vocals &c. bluegrass
IH032 1/12/1980 Fritz Ehrhart's German Band: Dance at the Fort Wayne Sport Club Fort Wayne accordion &c. dance / German
IH033 1/16/1980 James Acree Indianapolis vocals ballads & folksongs
IH034 1/16/1980 Edgar Hursey Ligonier fiddle & plectrum banjo traditional
IH035 1/17/1980 Dan Gellert Elkhart fiddle & banjo folk revival
IH036 1/19/1980 Linda Myers Decatur interview German
IH037 1/28/1980 Harold Zimmerman Convoy, Ohio to Fort Thomas, Kentucky fiddle traditional
IH038 1/31/1980 Roy Litton Lebanon interview
IH039 2/2/1980 Ray & Canton Moore (Moore Brothers); Toad Bradley Servia fiddle, mandolin &c. bluegrass
IH041 2/20/1980 John Hasse Bloomington piano; interview ragtime
IH042 2/21/1980 Frank Hall & Bob Herring Bloomington fiddle; interview folk revival
IH044 2/29/1980 Helen Reynolds Monroeville piano ragtime; popular
IH045 3/15/1980 Shorty Cook Fort Wayne interview hillbilly
IH046 4/17/1980 Homer Birge Lebanon vocals; harmonica traditional
IH050 4/20/1980 The Kastorians led by Pete Tsouklas: Dance for Philip of Macedon Society in Fort Wayne Crown Point clarinet, brass &c. dance/ Greek
IH051 4/22/1980 The Johnsons: Live at the Ground Round in Fort Wayne North Manchester banjo, mandolin &c. bluegrass
IH052 5/10/1980 Sandy & the Keynotes: Square dance at St. Louis Parish Hall in Besancon Fort Wayne accordion &c. square dance
IH053 5/12/1980 Steve Jugloff Fort Wayne interview Macedonian
IH055 5/24/1980 New Harmony Fiddlers Day: Ebert 'Mac' McClain; Hector Phillips; Stephanie White; Brian Hubbard; Billy & Teresa &c. Danville; Petersburg; New Albany; Bloomington fiddle, vocals &c. traditional; country
IH056 6/10/1980 Ken Smelser Paoli fiddle traditional
IH057 6/17/1980 Steve Duray Fort Wayne concertina & accordion Slovenian polka
IH058 6/17/1980 Jack Childress Wabash banjo, vocals &c. old-time; bluegrass
IH059 6/21/1980 Beamon Wille Band & Mark Oliphant (caller): Square dance at the Linton Armory Bloomfield; Indianapolis fiddle; calling square dance
IH061 7/8/1980 Dallas Henderson Indianapolis banjo traditional
IH062 7/15/1980 Mark Oliphant Greene County to Indianapolis interview square dance caller
IH063 7/16/1980 Wednesday Night Dance: Brad Leftwich; Brian Hubbard; Gary Stanton; Steve Hinnefeld; & c. Bloomington fiddle, banjo &c; interview square dance; folk revival
IH064 7/19/1980 Dale Alles & the Alles Family Band: Dance at Alles' Barn Roanoke accordion, electric guitar, banjo &c. square dance
IH065 8/9/1980 Ebert 'Mac' McClain Danville fiddle traditional
IH066 8/10/1980 Oscar "Butch" Kunkler & Herb Obermeyer as Obie & Ossie Fulda fiddle, guitar & vocals German
IH067 8/10/1980 Satkamp Family, featuring Wayne Satkamp Stendahl fiddle, guitar, vocals &c. country / German
IH068 8/12/1980 Fritz Ehrhart Fort Wayne diatonic accordion German polka

Indiana Hoedown: Found Recordings

EvNo Year Artist Title/Description Reference Homeyown
IH002 1948-49 Joe Taylor & the Indiana Redbirds 78s recorded at Universal Studios in Chicago Joe Taylor Fort Wayne
IH003 c1950 The Downhomers radio transcriptions & commercial discs Shorty Cook Fort Wayne
Nancy Lee & the Hilltoppers WOWO broadcasts
transcription dubs
Sam DeVincent Fort Wayne
IH040 1979 Easy Street String Band recorded at WFIU studios Frank Hall; Bob Herring Bloomington
IH043 1950-58 Hoosier Cornhuskers; Prairie Pioneers; Barbara Price & the Golden River Boys air tests Pete Smith; Bob Homan Fort Wayne
IH047 1948 Blackhawk Valley Boys; Karl Conner; Jeanne Bostleman radio transcriptions & air tests Donald Lake Fort Wayne
IH048 1946-47 The Downhomers; Blackhawk Valley Boys; Judy & Jen; & c. excerpts from the 'Hoosier Hop' on WOWO Donald Lake Fort Wayne
IH054 1957 Francis Geels; Jay Dickerson; Joe Taylor; Charlie Walters; & c. excerpts from WGL broadcasts Joe Taylor Fort Wayne
IH059 1942-59 Homer Lovell & Friends home recordings by Joe Fannestock of Greenville, Ohio Doris Lovell Winchester
IH060 1950c Elia E. Calcoff Orchestra; Bill Skimos Band recorded at WOWO studios Steve Jugloff Fort Wayne
IH069 1940c Frank Wisehart home recordings made at Wabash College Roy Litton Frankfurt
1970s Bill Skimos Band Balkan Folk Music; Balkan Folk Music 2 Bill Skimos Fort Wayne
IH072 1960 Joe Altman& the Spaasmachers St. Meinrad centennial LP Oscar Kunkler St. Meinrad
IH073 1980c The Wolcott Family LP donation Ellettsville
IH074 1977 The Patoka Valley Boys Pike County Pickin' Hector Phillips Petersburg
IH075 1980 Hector Phillips & the Patoka Valley Boys self-titled LP Hector Phillips Petersburg
IH076 1970s Green Mountain Grass The Old Home Place Vic Rigsby Noble County
IH077 1979 Collins Cisco & the KY Grass Down Home Fever Dillard Armstong Portland
IH078 1979 Shady Grove String Band First Deal Adlie Hedges Muncie
IH079 1980 Wildwood Flowers If the Truth Were Known David Hall Monticello
IH080 1970s The Moore Brothers with the Pike County Hikers Sounds of Bluegrass Ray Moore Servia
IH082 1980 The Johnsons Regressive Bluegrass David Johnson North Manchester
IH083 1970s Steve Jugloff Son of Electric Macedonian Steve Jugloff Fort Wayne
IH084 1970s The Tri-County Travelers Authentic Bluegrass Jack Childress Wabash
IH085 1950c Curley Bradley & the Harmoneers; The Prairie Ramblers; & c. radio transcriptions donation Chicago

Ethnic Dance Music in Indiana

Indiana Arts Commission grant, 1986-87

Recordings in Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University.

EvNo Date Event/Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
IH201 10/11/1986 Dance at the Sunset Hall in Fort Wayne: Los Casadores; Los Gorionceros [sp?] Marion accordion; bajo sexto &c. dance / Tejano
IH202 11/1/1986 Bill Skimos Band: Macedonian Ball at Shrine Auditorium Fort Wayne clarinet, accordion &c. dance / Macedonian
IH203 11/8/1986 Milan Opacich with the Drina Orchestra: at the Old Mill Restaurant in Merrillville
Schererville prim, brac &c. tamburitza / Serbian & Croatian
IH204 12/6/1986 Bill Skimos Fort Wayne interview Macedonian
IH205 12/6/1986 Justus III: Hoagland Country Club dance at U.A.W. Hall in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne electric guitar, keyboard &c. square dance
IH206 1/31/1987 Vietnamese New Year's: Loi Tran Vu Hien; Ngo Nguyen &c. Fort Wayne vocals, keyboard &c. Vietnamese
IH207 2/10/1987 Dan Danilovich & youth folk dance group at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Calumet City, Illinois; Merrillville interview; dance rehearsal Serbian
IH208 3/1/1987 Orchestra Balkan: Dance at S/S Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Church Gary accordion &c. dance / Macedonian
IH209 3/26/1987 Star Serenaders: At the Golden Shell in Chicago Hammond brac; bugarija &c. tamburitza / Serbian & Dalmatian
IH210 4/19/1987 Performance at S/S Peter & Paul in Gary: Ljupko Milensovic with Balkanske Igre folk dance troupe Chicago kaval, guida & accordion South Slavic
IH211 4/19/1987 Pelister: Dance at S/S Peter & Paul in Gary Waukegan, Illinois accordion &c. dance / Macedonian
IH212 4/20/1987 Jerry Kurdys' Polka Party: Radio show & dance for Dyngus Day at Mike Berta's Place South Bend accordion &c. dance; polka / Polish
IH213 4/24/1987 Neo Kyma (New Wave): Dance at S/S Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville Addison, Illinois (event in Merrillville, Indiana) keyboards, bouzouki &c. dance / Greek
IH214 4/24/1987 Star Serenaders: At Marvin's in Highland Hammond brac; bugarija &c. tamburitza / Serbian & Dalmatian
IH215 5/24/1987 United Serbs: Dance at St. Elijah's Serbian Orthodox Church in Crown Point Caumet City, Illinois accordion, keyboard &c. dance / Serbian
IH216 11/29/1987 Steve Deanovich Hammond interview Serbian & Dalmatian

Graduate School projects & dissertation research

Indiana University Folklore Institute, 1976-88

Recordings in Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University

The first set of fieldwork events led to my enrollment in the Folklore Department. The 1976 recordings were made with assistance from my previous graduate school program at Wayne State University.

EvNo Date Event/Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
IH301 12/26/1976 Carl Bischoff Decatur fiddle; zither Anglo-American; German
IH302 12/27/1976 Herman Fox Fort Wayne concertina German; Anglo-American
IH303 12/29/1976 Fred Flauding Bluffton folksongs; harmonica
IH304 12/28/1976 Clara Franke Monroeville interview
IH305 12/29/1976 Francis Geels Decatur interview
IH306 1977 Francis Geels with Carl 'Tuffy' Schafer (caller): Wedding Anniversary Dance at Quixote Hills in Hoagland Decatur; Fort Wayne fiddle; square dance
GL003 7/5/1977 Hugh Sowers & Herman Fox Arcola; Fort Wayne fiddle; concertina German; Anglo-American

Many of the recordings I made in 1981 were subcontracted by David A. Brose's "Ohio-Indiana Folklife," a project funded by and Indiana Arts Council grant. Those events marked with an asterisk (*) were executed for Dr. Warren Roberts summer seminar in fieldwork. All of these recordings are held by the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University.

GL009 7/16/81 Millard Barger Paragon fiddle
GL010 7/23/81 James Atkinson Lebanon to Indianapolis fiddle; piano traditional; ragtime
GL011 7/17/81 Ken Smelser & Mousey Wininger Paoli fiddle; piano
GL012 1981 Ken Smelser Paoli fiddle
GL013* 08/05/81 Gus's Gang: Senior Citizens dance at the Huntingburg Youth Center Huntingburg dance band
GL014* 8/10/81 Powell Cummings & Ken Smelser Cuzco; Paoli fiddle
GL015* 8/12/81 The Satkamp Family: Senior Citizens dance at the Huntingburg Youth Center Stendahl dance band; square dance Anglo-American; German
GL016* 8/15/81 Walter & Brian Seitz Dubois fiddle; banjo; country
GL017* 8/15/81 Herb Wenning & Family Portersville fiddle; dance calls Anglo-American; German
GL018* 8/15/81 Fiddle Contest at Haysville Somerfest: Herb Wenning; Sharon Wenning; Hoyt ---; &c. Dubois County fiddle
GL019* 8/15/81 Louise & the Country Gentlemen: dance at Haysville Somerfest Dubois County dance band Anglo-American; German
GL020* 9/??/81 Walter Zuercher Berne accordion; music box Swiss
GL021* 9/26/81 Harold Haug Ferdinand fiddle Anglo-American; German
GL022* 09/26/81 Joe Witzberger & the Rhythmaires: Wedding Anniversary Dance in St. Henry Ferdinand mandolin; dance band Anglo-American; German
GL023 1981 Everett 'Smoky' Morgan Eckerty fiddle
AF068 1981 Lotus & Cyprien Dickey at home: tunes recorded by David A. Brose Paoli fiddle
AF069 1981 Cyprien & Lotus Dickey at home: songs recorded by David A. Brose Paoli folksongs; vernacular songs
GL024 11/19/81 Lotus Dickey: concert at IU Fine Arts Auditorium (for Folklore classes) Paoli fiddle; folksongs; original songs
GL026 11/27/81 Ken Smelser with Brad Leftwich Paoli; Bloomington fiddle

DrDosido's PhD dissertation ended up focusing on social dance, and the relationship between the square dance and polka revival communities in a northern Indiana rural district. It could have gone differently, as Midwestern fiddling was an equally intriguing topic. The next set of recording events is dominated by dissertation research, but also shows the growing impact of Lotus Dickey, spanning my move to Chicago in 1986.

GL044 07/11/82 Buck Creek Bluegrass: square dance at Virgil Fulford's barn in Hindustan Hindustan, Monroe County square dance; bluegrass
GL031 7/26/82 Ervin Williams Oxford fiddle
IH307 9/18/83 Hoagland Oktoberfest (Sunday): Maumee Valley Polka Band; Sound of the Sorgenbrecher Napoleon, Ohio; Detroit dance band German / polka
IH308 10/9/83 Hoagland Grape Fest at Quixote Hills: Maumee Valley Polka Band (sponsored by Hoagland Volunteer Fire & EMS) Napoleon, Ohio; Defiance, Ohio dance band German / polka
IH309 9/20/85 Hoagland Oktoberfest (Friday): Bavarian Brass Defiance, Ohio dance band German / polka
IH310 9/21/85 Hoagland Oktoberfest (Saturday): The Echoes; Maumee Valley Polka Band Warren, Michigan; dance band German / polka
IH311 9/22/85 Hoagland Oktoberfest (Sunday): Sound of the Sorgenbrecher; Bavarian Brass Detroit; Defiance, Ohio dance band German / polka
IH312 1985 Hoagland Hayloft Reunion: Adventure Music with Al Vachon (caller) Hoagland, Fort Wayne square dance band traditional; vernacular
GL043 1985 Wright Brothers: At Springs Valley High School in French Lick French Lick to Carmel country band
GL034 1986 Lotus Dickey: On Music Down Home with Paul Tyler & Bob Lucas Paoli, Bloomington fiddle; folksongs; original songs
GL035 1986-87 Lotus Dickey & Paul Tyler: Orange County Fiddle Tune Project Paoli, Bloomington fiddle
GL037 1986-87 Lotus Dickey: miscellaneous folksongs recorded by Pat Mahaffee and Paul Tyler Paoli fiddle; folksongs; original songs
GL039 c1982c Lotus Dickey: Greatest Hits (home recording) Paoli fiddle; folksongs; original songs
GL038 5/19/87 Cyprien & Lotus Dickey Paoli fiddle
GL036 1988 Lotus Dickey: Lotus Dickey's Original Songs (home recording) Paoli fiddle; folksongs; original songs
GL042 6/4/1988 Mefford Scott &c.: Raleigh Community Club saturday night dance Raleigh square dance; dance band traditional; swing
GL040 4/6/1989 Lotus Dickey with Dickey's Disciples: recording session at the Old Town School of Folk Music Paoli; Chicago fiddle
IH313 10/05/85 Bob & Helene Hegerfeld interview at home near Hoagland, Indiana

IH314 09/22/86 Delmer Franke interview at home near Hoagland, Indiana

IH315 02/01/87 Allen & Evelyn Felt interview at home near Hoagland, Indiana

IH316 04/07/1987 Art & Margaret Sharpenberg interview at home near Monroeville, Indiana
IH317 5/20/1988 Al Vachon home visit
Anglo-American; French
IH318 5/21/1988 Betty Bullerman interview at home in Hoagland, Indiana

IH319 5/21/1988 Lou Boerger interview at home in Hoagland, Indiana

IH320 5/22/1988 Edward & Dorothy Franke home visit

IH321 5/22/1988 Elmer Grotrian home visit

IH322 6/18/1988 Estina & Paul Veit home visit

IH323 6/18/1988 Orville Hoffman home visit

IH324 6/18/1988 Marvin Scheumann home visit

IH325 6/19/1988 Amos Kline home visit

IH326 6/19/1988 Norvin 'Snorty' Bultemeier home visit near Decatur, Indiana

Folk Arts Survey of Central & Southern Illinois

Eastern Illinois University School of Fine Arts, 1983 & 1991-92

Original recordings in Tarble Arts Center at EIU in Charleston.

EvNo Date Event/Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
GL101 7/18/1983 Mervin "Skeet" Evans & Kenny Williams w/ Arlin Dietz Decatur, Shelbyville old time songs; fiddle
GL102 1983 Bill Rutherford (caller) & Glenn Abbott (fiddle): Square dance at LaPlace Community Hall Decatur, Mattoon square dance; fiddle
GL103 1983 Mervin 'Skeet' Evans wth Linda Dust Shelbyville ballads; folksongs
GL104 1983 Sunday morning service & Saturday choir rehearsal at St Johns Missionary Baptist Church: Rev. James Biggs Decatur ritual; choir Afro-American
GL105 1983 Robert Valentine; Jim Smith Monticello fiddle
GL106 1983 Cecil Polley - recorded by John Holliday Witt fiddle
GL107 1983 Archie Smothers - recorded by John Holliday Pana fiddle
GL108 1983 Charles Keele Westville fiddle
GL109 1983 Raymond Fisher Dalton City ballads & folksongs
GL110 1983 Illinois fiddlers recorded by John Holiday: Cecil Polley; Arlin Dietz; Archie Smothers; & c. various fiddle
GL111 11/24/1991 Jim Hoiles Greenville fiddle
GL114 12/14/1991 Illinois Fiddler's Association meeting in Shelbyville various fiddle
GL115 2/7/1992 Johnny Barnhart Sorrento fiddle
GL116 2/10/1992 Tom McElroy Tower Hill fiddle
GL117 2/10/1992 Ernest Ringo Shelbyville fiddle

Folk Arts Survey of Waukegan & Zion, Illinois

David Adler Cultural Center, 19873 & 1990

Original recordings at DACC in Libertyville, Illinois. A double asterisk (**) marks recordings not held in DrDosido's collection.

EvNo Date Event/Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
 ** 5/15/1987 Julie Weakley with Just the Three of Us
Waukegan brac, bugarija & bass tamburitza / Croatian
GL118 5/16/1987 El Conjunto Fortuna; Tropical del Valle: El Gran Baile Waukegan acordeon, bajo sexto &c.; keyboards, saxophone &c. Musica Nortena / Tejano; Mexican
 ** 5/17/1987 Jane Gregorin Bena  with Waukegan Midwest Polka Showcase: At Vy's Yellow Bird in Antioch Waukegan (event in Antioch) button box accordions, saxophone &c. polka / Slovenian
 ** 5/22/1987 Jerry Emerzian Waukegan oud, dumbek Armenian
 ** 5/24/1987 St. Nicholas Serbian Church youth folk dance groups in Merrillville, Indiana Waukegan folk dance Serbian
GL119 5/27/1987 Raymond Podboy Waukegan button box accordion Slovenian
 ** 6/9/1987 Bill Jereb with Slovenic Home Choral Society Waukegan vocal Slovenian
GL120 6/11/1987 Don Adams Wadsworth caller old-time
 ** 6/12/1987 Arvid Anderson Waukegan accordion Norwegian
GL121 6/17/1987 Warren Lauer Wildwood accordion, harmonica old-time
 ** 6/28/87 Stanley Assee with the Mellotones Steel Band Waukegan steel pans Afro-Caribbean
 ** 7/28/1987 Osmo Puistolahti with Sibelius Male Chorus Gurnee vocal & guitar Finnish
GL122 8/1/1987 Trini Esparza El Conjunto Fortuna Waukegan acordeon, bajo sexto &c. Tejano
 ** 8/4/1987 Lilia Briones * with Ballet Folklorico de San Jose Waukegan folk dance Mexican
GL123 8/9/1987 Mellotones Steel Band; Filipino American Association dancers at Waukegan Lakefront Festival Waukegan steel pans; folk dance Afro-Caribbean; Filipino
GL124 10/1/1987 Jerry Emerzian Waukegan oud Armenian
GL125 11/1/1987 Emil Swanson Zion mandolin, fiddle old-time
 ** 1990 Trini Esparza con Los Ecos del Norte: recorded by Juan Dies Waukegan bajo sexto, vocal musica nortena / Tejano
 ** 1990 unnamed performer: recorded by Juan Dies Zion vocals Hindustani
GL132 1990 John Campbell Zion Afro-American piano blues