Music celebrates life. It’s part of every culture, and is an especially important aspect of homestead living and rural communities. There is nothing quite like the beautiful sound of strings from a country home’s porch looking out to the mountains, or the gathering of neighbors for the fun of an open air contra barn dance. The selections here include mountain folk music, contra dance tunes, and Gospel hymns. You’ll find music for the violin and fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and banjo. Whether you’re interested in solos, duets, groups, or other accompaniments, we hope you’ll discover resources here that will inspire you to learn to read music, explore a new instrument, or to renew or advance your existing skills.