Folk Music of Missouri

(except fiddles and fiddling)

Women of Old-Time Music: Tradition and Change in the Missouri Ozarks
Holly Hobbs' documentary film (to be shown at the 2003 meeting in Kirksville) is finished and available for purchase.
Go to  and click on Women of Old-Time Music

Click here for texts of Missouri ballads collected in the field by students of West Plains High School (class of 1911) at the direction of Goldy Hamilton (with thanks to T. Farmer, Columbia, MO).

-A searchable database of traditional ballads at CSU Fresno

The Max Hunter Collection at the Springfield-Greene County Public Library: over 1600 folksongs, including audio files available online

Sacred Harp and shape-note singing -- an introduction and links

if you’ve wondered what it sounds like, check the MP3 samples:

"Slave Songs of the United States" (1867)  is now up on the web in a full-text-searchable HTML edition.

The Taylor McBaine Memorial Fiddle Contest at the Fall Heritage Festival, Nifong Park, Columbia, Missouri

As presented at the 2004 meeting in Cape Girardeau: The Rough Truth of John Handcox, in a new CD from the West Virginia University Press (.pdf file)

Hampton and Its Students

spirituals at the mudcat

Thomas Wentworth Higginson's 1867 Atlantic Monthly article on "Negro Spirituals"

The Child Ballads

Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman at the Mudcat
(includes chords)

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation, in Sedalia, MO

A historical page on John William "Blind" Boone, Ragtime Pioneer

Visit the Mudcat Forum -- a place where folk music enthusiasts discuss their business and passion (and much besides)

The Gateway Dulcimer Society

The Sing Out! Pages Sing Out!'s mission is to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

Now available: The Balladere: A rare, original recording of Max Hunter singing favorites from his collection.

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