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Books and CDs
The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, in cooperation with University of Wisconsin Press,has established a series of publications and documentary compact discs focusing on the lives and cultural traditions of the region’s peoples, from the stories of Ojibwe elders to the music of many ethnic groups.Click on the publication cover for information on how to order through University of Wisconsin Press.
Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders by Beth Tornes
Memories of Lac du Flambeau Eldersis a collection of interviews with fifteen Ojibwe elders of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin
Folklorists Jim Leary and Rick March have distilled a definitive presentation of Upper Midwestern traditional and ethnic music, from Ojibwe drums to Norwegian fiddles, from polka to salsa, from gospel choirs to southeast Asian rock bands. The book is a listener's guide packed with photos, essays, and resources.
Also available are Down Home Dairyland Recordings.
Yodeling in Dairyland
A historical overview of Swiss music in America's most European state, and a short autobiography of Rudy Burkhalter, an influential performer whose varied career, in the Old World and the New, epitomizes the Swiss American experience.
Swissconsin My Homeland
Virtuoso yodeling, accordion melodies, choral singing groups, alpine dance bands—this CD brings together a sampling of the best of Wisconsin's rich Swiss musical heritage. Swissconsin was selected by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center as among the best traditional music recordings issued in 1988
Now on CD, a toe-tapping re-release of 26 old-time music tunes Wisconsin's beloved Goose Island Ramblers, Bruce Bollerud, George Gilbertsen, and Wendy Whitford, who began performing their special blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, and humor in the Madison area in the 1960s.