Indiana Hoedown: Found Recordings

Historical Recordings


Circa 1940. Frank Wisehart (Frankfort). Recordings made at Wabash College by mathematics professor, George Kascallen, on a recording machine owned by the Speech Department. Four 7" aluminum discs containing 8 tunes were preserved by Mr. Wisehart's son-in-law, Roy Litten. Ethel Litten, Roy's wife, played piano. J. Fritz was on banjo

  • Leather Britches
  • Chase the Squirrel
  • The NRA
  • White River Bottoms

1961. Joe Altman (St. Meinrad) - fiddle & vocals. Joe Altman & the Spaasmachers recorded a custom LP in honor of the centennial of the town of St. Meinrad. The band included Oscar 'Butch' Kunkler on guitar and Vic Beecher on bass. Billy Fisher was the announcer. [Recordings dubbed at Oscar Kunkler's home.]

Balkan Music

Circa 1950. Elia Calcoff Orchestra (Fort Wayne) - 78s of Macedonian dance music recorded at a local radio station for St. Nicholas Macedonian Orthodox Church.

  • Bulgarsko (Horo)
  • Kostursko (Horo)
  • Oidevoika (Horo)
  • Malo (Horo)
  • Kasapsko (Horo)

1977. Recordings made at Jenny's Restaurant in by Indiana University folklore students working on the Gary Project.

    Drina Orchestra (Gary)
  • kolo
  • song
  • Linda Pappas Trio (Gary)
  • hasapiko
  • syrtos

Hillbilly Music

Radio Transcriptions
    Shorty Cook Collection (The Down Homers)
  • We're Making Money on the Farm
  • Bob Homan Collection (Hoosier Cornhuskers)
  • Perry on Lake Erie
  • Donald Lake Collection (Blackhawk Valley Boys)
  • song
  • Sam DeVincent Collection (The Hilltoppers)
  • Georgia Cracker
  • WGL-TV Collection
  • song (Prairie Ramblers)

    Joe Taylor Collection (Indiana Redbirds)
  • My Gal's a Square Dance Caller
  • Shorty Cook Collection
  • Flat River Missouri (Judy & Jen)

Commercial Albums

Balkan Music
Bill Skimos Band
  • Kasapsko Oro
  • Paidushko
Steve Jugloff
  • Shto Me O Milo
  • Macedonsko Horo

    Green Mountain Grass (includes Vic Rigsby)
  • The Home Place
  • Wildwood Flowers (includes David Hall)
  • If the Truth Were Known
  • Tri-County Travelers (includes Jack Childress)
  • I'm Sittin' on Top of the World
    Hector Phillips
  • White Wash Man
  • Durang's Hornpipe
  • & the Patoka Valley Boys
  • Walker Street Reel
  • Tell It to Your Old Grandma