Saturday, August 13, 2016

Other Sources: An Iowa folk and ethnic music compilation

I would like to thank Paul Hertz for telling me about this delightful Smithsonian Folkways collection of ethnic and folk music from our fair state, "Iowa State Fare: Music from the Heartland"! -We'll politely ignore the fact that they misspelled "fair"!

(For those who don't know, Paul Hertz is an Ames musician that has played in too many bands to mention. Mumford's probably being the most popular. But Paul also composes and performs classical pieces of his own. You can hear his music at

And he does the local music show, "Ready, Ames, Fire", on Ames community station, KHOI. For all the details , go to You can also listen to it, along with other KHOI shows, at

As for this album...

"Scandinavian string band melodies, Meskwaki Indian love songs, gospel harmonies, polkas, old-time fiddling, Mexican folk songs, and blues are some of the vibrant community-based musical traditions presented in this unique collection of Iowa music. Iowa State Fare showcases the vitality and diversity of the state's musical traditions on the occasion of the celebration of 150 years of Iowa statehood. These 1996 studio recordings feature eight ensembles and one solo performer selected to appear in the Iowa Sesquicentennial program at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. The CD booklet features essays, bibliographic information, and lyrics with translations. 'The joys of Iowa's indigenous musics abound.' "
- from the Smithsonian Folkways website

Below is the Spotify and YouTube playlists for the album...

For other IMSC podcast episodes and articles featuring compilations:

For other IMSC podcast episodes and articles on folk music:


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