Interview with fiddle player Richard Seaman

Date: August 10, 1988

Source: S1618 , Container 5 , Tape 6

Type: Sound

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  • One audio cassette. Seaman, an old-time fiddle player who grew up in Kissimmee, playing at square dances. He moved to Jacksonville in 1922, and spent his life working for the railroads. He discusses learning how to play the fiddle; playing for square dances; earning a living through music in the Depression; memorizing tunes; working for the railroads; dance tunes; beaters; local musicians; dance traditions in North Florida; German music in area; fiddle contests; playing in Jacksonville; and various tall tales. For an example of his playing (with Jack Piccalo), see S 1618, box 5, tape 7. For images of Seaman, see S 1577, v.54. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Duval County was a joint venture between the Duval County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was started in 1984 by folklorist David Taylor with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, and in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist which included visits by local folk artists. Taylor ran it until 1986. In 1988, Gregory Hansen re-initiated it with minor changes.

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