reverberates with the sounds of traditional
music in homes, social clubs, dance halls, and
festivals. Many of these expressive traditions
have historical roots elsewhere, but continue
to evolve here in Massachusetts. Musicians delight
in playing music of their forebears, embodying
the sound of "home" for dancers and listeners,
while introducing it to new audiences. Irish
and old-time fiddlers swap tunes at local pubs,
Middle-Eastern musicians meet at an instrument
builder's shop, South Indian Carnatic violinists
perform at house concerts. Some of these musicians'
instruments are handcrafted with care in Massachusetts.
Made specifically for certain ethnic genres
of music, these instruments are treasured by
traditional musicians who have a personal connection
to the makers.