Traditional oldtime music of downstate Illinois in Dear Old Illinois, the book. Dear Old Illinois, traditional music of downstate Illinois. CD set of field collections and research recordings of traditional old-time musicians of central and southern Illinois.


"In all, this is a volume that should satisfy both singer and scholar. Pick Away Press is to be commended -- as you will appreciate."

-- Ed Cray, Santa Monica, CA
Ballad scholar,
Professor of Journalism, University of Southern California,
Author, Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie and more than a dozen other books


A look inside the book

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Table of Contents

Accompaniment chart

Titles List, Songs

Titles List, Fiddle Tunes

Images List

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Sample song score page

Sample fiddle tune score page

Background information, music

Background information, source performers