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Fiddlin’ Sid Harkreader

May 8, 1986 OHC141 115 min.


Country music performer. Born February 26, 1898. Died March 19, 1988. Full name: Sidney J. Harkreader. Popularly known as “Fiddlin’ Sid.” AKA: Sid. Career active 1920s-early 1950s. Fiddler and guitar player. First partner of Uncle Dave Macon. Grand Ole Opry performer.

Interview Summary

1986 May 8
(1 hour, 55 minutes)
Fiddler Sid Harkreader talks about the early years of his music career, focusing on the 1920s. Discussion includes memories of his early home life and playing the fiddle; a description of fiddle contests; working with Uncle Dave Macon; his first professional performances; his first recording session during the mid-1920s; the sources of his songs; recording with Grady Moore in the late 1920s; the popularity of religious songs during these years; and his final recording session in 1929.

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