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.
James P. Leary is professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Yodeling in Dairyland, So Ole Says to Lena, and Wisconsin Folklore. Richard March is Folk and Community Arts Specialist at the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Chapter 1: Wisconsin Indian Music
Chapter 2: Woodland Indian Fiddles and Jigs
Dick Gravelle statement and “French Tune” are from a field recording by Michael Loukinen, Sault St. Marie, Mich., summer 1989. Northern Michigan University. Performed in the film “Medicine Fiddle,” UP North Films, 1991.
Chapter 9: German-American Music in Wisconsin
Chapter 12: The Minnesota Dutchmen
Chapter 15: Finnish-American Music in Superiorland
For information on the two-day dances, see Ray Kiska on the Wisconsin Folklore Listener.