Recording of Fred Whitlow playing the Jews harp

Type:

Sound

Date:

198-

Item:

Audio recording

Container:

25

Series:

S1576

Item ID:

C88-31

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Tradition Bearer

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General Note/Comment

  • One audio cassette. The Jew's Harp, one of world's oldest instruments and a lamellaphone-type of instrument, has gone by several names, and appears in several countries. In England (and later the United States), the instrument -- which is held in the teeth and plucked with one's fingers -- was associated with Jewish culture, although there is no historical association between the two. Other names for the hand-held instrument include gewgaw, mouth drum, jaw harp, and juice harp.

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