March 27, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama State Council on the Arts

Alabama Arts Radio Series - Sand Mountain Fiddler and Instrument Maker Gene Ivey interview

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William Eugene Ivey

Gene Ivey Teaching photo by Mark Gooch
Photo Courtesy of Mark Gooch

This program is a rebroadcast, originally aired in 2008. Fiddler William “Gene” Ivey of Ider died march 16th of 2014. He was a good friend to the State Arts Council, a master fiddler and instrument maker who was devoted to teaching his music to young people and keeping the old-time stringband music of Sand Mountain alive for future generations. In this program Folklorist Anne Kimzey talks to Mr. Ivey and his apprentice Joseph Coleman about playing music and making handcrafted fiddles at Ivey’s workshop in Ider.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 

This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx#geneivey_re

If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov

Listen first hand using the link below.

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