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Allen & Jill Kirkham

Topics: American Old West, Education, History, Music, South Dakota

Community: Custer

Program Types: Musical Performance, Pre-recorded Program Video, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s) | (605) 440-7338

The History of Traditional American Western Music
The Kirkhams present a mix of oral history and live music (acoustic guitar, bass fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica) of public domain traditional western music from the 1840s-1920s (trail drives and Black Hills mining era, Charles Badger Clark era), key classic western movie era 1930s to 1960s, contemporary western and original western music, with background and history behind the songs. The presentation is meant to educate attendees on music popular during the old west era, as well as current music of the American West. The length of this presentation is tailored to each event and determined by the host, but would typically be 60 minutes long.