Published Material

Since the earliest days of formal collecting of traditional Adirondack music, scholars have written about the artists and their music for folklore journals and popular magazines.  Below is a selection of articles, published here as PDFs with permission of the original publishers.  You can download and print them for personal, educational use.  Please consult the Credits & Materials Use section  if you want to make multiple copies for students or for other educational uses.


  1. Bethke, Robert D. “‘Get to the Bush!’: Adirondack Woodsmen and Woods Lore,’” Journal of Forest History 25/1 (January 1981), 4-13.

  2. Bethke, Robert D. “Old-Time Fiddling and Social Dance in Central St. Lawrence County,” Quarterly,St. Lawrence County Historical Association 23/1 (January 1978), 15-19.

  3. Cutting, Edith E. "Peter Parrott and his Songs," New York Folklore Quarterly 3/2 (Summer1947), 124-133.

  4. Flanders, Helen Hartness. “‘Blue Mountain Lake’ and ‘Barbara Allan,’” New York Folklore Quarterly.

  5. Grimm, Susan J.  “Shakin’ a Leg in the Mills: Memories of Dancing at the Crary Mills Grange,” A North Country Round & Square Dance Souvenir Program, TAUNY, 1991.

  6. Hurley-Glowa, Susan. "The Survival of Blackface Minstrel Shows in the Adirondack Foothills," Voices—The Journal of New York Folklore. Volume 30, Fall-Winter 2004.

  7. Kimball, James.  “Old Time Square Dancing in New York State,´” A North Country Round & Square Dance Souvenir Program, TAUNY, 1991.

  8. Koch, Lynn Arthur.  “Singing Folk Songs in the Classroom – For the Musically Challenged,” Folksomg in the Classroom, VII, 2, Winter 1987.

  9. McHale, Ellen. “Country Music in the Adirondack Region,” Festival of the Adirondacks: Celebrating Living Cultural Traditions, 1990, 16-18.  [Crandall Library festival booklet]

  10. Older, Lawrence. “’Once More a Lumbering Go,’” New York Folklore Quarterly, 22/2 (June 1966), 96-103.

  11. Post, Jennifer C.  “Franco-American Dance Traditions in the Northern States,”  La Veillée:An OldFashioned French American Dance Party Souvenir Program, TAUNY, 1991.

  12. Ruch, David. “Music in an Adirondack Family,”  Unpublished manuscript, 2008.

  13. van Lent, Peter C.  “Allons Danser!: Some Memories of North Country French Dance Parties,”  La Veillée:An Old Fashioned French American Dance Party Souvenir Program,TAUNY, 1991.

  14. Ward, Vaughn Ramsey. “Anglo-American Folksong Collecting and Singing Traditions in Rural New York State,” New York Folklore14/3-4 (1988), 165-174.

  15. Warner, Anne and Frank. ”That’s the Way They Lived,” New York Folklore Quarterly 22/2 (June 1966), 104-113.

  16. Woods, Lynn.  “Striking a Chord,” Adirondack Life  (March/April 1998), 44-51, 74-75.