Old-Time Iowa Music Project

October 17, 2019

“I love falling down rabbit holes to learn about things I never thought about before!” So says Glenda during our first meeting to discuss a plan of action for our Old-Time Iowa Music Project. The mission: to bring voices of the past to life by learning to perform diverse native and settler Iowa songs from the nineteenth century. We plan to document songs that were performed in formal and/or casual settings, particularly with topical content appropriate for all ages. A secondary mission: to increase the level of instrumental musicianship with “old-time” workshops on simple instruments such as mountain dulcimer and wash-tub bass. We may also compose original music within this theme and collaborate with local musicians who have an expertise in old-time music.