Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A Berkshire Fiddler and Dirt Farmer]
NAME OF WORKER EDWARD WELCH
ADDRESS PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
DATE JANUARY 17, 1939
SUBJECT LIVING LORE
NAME OF INFORMANT SAMMY SPRING
ADDRESS OTIS, MASSACHUSETTS
Sammy Spring, dirt farmer and old time fiddler is fifty-six years old, a slim little man, not much over five feet tall, grey haired and grey eyed. Around his Otis farm, Sammy is unassuming and unpretentious - on the podium of a dance hall he is king of all he surveys. Folks dancing to his music must dance correctly. Let the uniniated set fail to follow his calls and Sammy is down on the dance floor. Tapping the erring couples with his fiddle bow, he suggests they watch a more experienced set and listen carefully to his instructions as he calls out the intricacies of each number. No matter how many or how few dances, the program calls for, Sammy decides on a certain number of rounds and square sets for an evenings entertainment and plays and calls them, ignoring the program completely.