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Down Home Dairyland
A Listener’s Guide
James P. Leary and Richard March

“This astounding compendium is the quickest way to get a comprehensive grasp of the roots music of a major American region.”
—Nick Spitzer, Smithsonian folklorist and producer of American Routes for Public Radio International

Folklorists Jim Leary and Rick March have distilled a definitive presentation of Upper Midwestern traditional and ethnic music, from Ojibwe drums to Norwegian fiddles, from polka to salsa, from gospel choirs to southeast Asian rock bands. The book is a listener’s guide packed with photos, essays, and resources.

Also available are Down Home Dairyland Recordings. The recordings, available in CD format, provide samplings from the Down Home Dairyland series of programs on Wisconsin Public Radio. These audio collections include interviews with traditional musicians, sound recordings, and discussion of the patterns of musical styles in Wisconsin’s musical heritage.


James P. Leary is professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Yodeling in Dairyland, So Ole Says to Lena, and Wisconsin Folklore. Richard March is Folk and Community Arts Specialist at the Wisconsin Arts Board.




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March 2004
252 pp.   8 1/2 x 11
57 illus.
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Paper $20.00 t
ISBN 978-0-924119-15-6
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Distributed for the Center for the Study of Upper Midwest Cultures, University of Wisconsin–Madison