The Fiddle & American History: Check Out What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About The Fiddle & American History

Learn how the fiddle has shaped American music.

The fiddle is a unique instrument. Closely related to the violin, the fiddle has a long history in folk music around the world. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the use of the fiddle became commonplace in the American South. As one of the most influential instruments in Cajun music, check out how the fiddle became such a staple in American music.

An Oldie but a Goodie.

While many may think that the guitar is one of the oldest and most influential instruments in folk music, the fiddle is the main pillar in American folk music. During early American history, the fiddle was the only instrument that could be found in more rural areas of the country.

Fosters Diversity.

While the fiddle is an instrument that primarily came from Europe, specifically Ireland and Scotland, the fiddle has been played by various cultures in the U.S. The fiddle has been played by Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and African Americans throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Modern Influence.

While the fiddle may not be as popular as it had been in earlier American history, the fiddle is still running strong. Country, grassroots, and folk music all still use the fiddle today.

Check out the history of the fiddle so that you have a greater appreciation for American music. Hear how the fiddle is used in contemporary Cajun music at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. Save the date for the 28th Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, coming Memorial Day weekend of 2017. Contact us for more information.