The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Bill Chappell Part Of Fiddling Tradition


October 31, 2016

Fiddler Bill Chappell would sometimes play for three days straight.

Music is an integral part of our local culture. Appalachian mountain music derives from the traditions of the immigrants who came from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and settled in this region following the Revolutionary War.

The fiddle was typically the instrument of choice among the first settlers. The banjo was introduced to the South through African-American slaves in the 18th century and gained popularity in the mountains during the 19th century. The fretted or mountain dulcimer originated in the Appalachian Mountains. It has three or four strings and is traditionally playe...

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