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Charlie Higgins

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Charlie Higgins February 26, 1878 - November 25, 1967 was an American old time fiddle player from Galax, Virginia[1][2] Higgins said that he was influenced by other old-time fiddlers including Emmett Lundy and Fiddlin' Arthur Smith[3] His style of playing was said to be very innovative and creative Higgins played regularly with Wade Ward, Dale Poe and other old-time musicians in the Galax area Recordings of Charlie Higgins are few, and limited to field recordings made between 1959 and 1961 by folklorists Alan Lomax, Peter Hoover and John Cohen At the time of these recordings Higgins was over eighty years of age, and apparently was not recorded during his prime However, he was still good enough at age 82 to win first place at the 1960 Galax Old Fiddler's Convention[4] Higgins died in 1967 and is buried with his wife Mallie at the Coal Creek Community Church in Galax, Virginia[5]


  • 1 Discography
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Year Title Label Number Notes
1962 37th Old Time Fiddler's Convention at Union Grove North Carolina Smithsonian Folkways FW02434 1961 field recording[6]
1997 Southern Journey Vol 2: Ballads and Breakdowns Rounder 1702 1959 field recordings by Alan Lomax[7]
2001 there is no eye: music for photographs Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40091 1961 field recordings by John Cohen[8]
2004 Uncle Charlie Higgins, Wade Ward & Dale Poe Field Recorders' Collective FRC-501 1959 field recordings by Peter Hoover[9]

See also

  • Old-time music


  1. ^ "SSDI Details" Social Security Death Index Asbury Park Press 2008 Retrieved 2009-10-25mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild 2008 Music Makers of the Blue Ridge Plateau Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing p 36 ISBN 0-7385-5410-3
  3. ^ Reiner, David; Peter Anick 1989 Old-Time Fiddling Across America Pacific, MO: Mel Bay Publications p 83 ISBN 0-7866-5381-7
  4. ^ "1960 Winners" Old Fiddler's Convention 2009-08-09 Retrieved 2009-10-25
  5. ^ "Higgins, Charles H & Mallie H" Headstones MyRootsPlacecom 2008-07-20 Retrieved 2009-10-25
  6. ^ "37th Old Time Fiddler's Convention at Union Grove North Carolina" Smithsonian Folkways 1962 Retrieved 2009-10-25
  7. ^ Keefer, Jane "Folk Music - An Index to Recorded Resources" Folk Music Performer Index - Hig to Hil Folk Music Index Retrieved 2009-05-11
  8. ^ Stradling, Rod 2002-10-01 "there is no eye: music for photographs" Musical Traditions Retrieved 2009-05-11
  9. ^ "2004 CDs" Field Recorders' Collective Archived from the original on 2009-02-11 Retrieved 2009-05-11

External links

  • Audio sample of "Blackberry Blossom" 1961
  • MP3 Audio sample of "Charlie's Breakdown" 1959

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