Mellie Dunham

Mellie Dunham working on a snowshoe

Mellie Dunham working on a snowshoe

Mellie Dunham playing the fiddle.

Mellie Dunham, 1853-1931

Mellie Dunham (Alanson Mellen Dunham) was a fiddler and snowshoe maker. Born in 1853 in Norway, Maine, Mellie earned a modicum of fame in two ways. He played fiddle for an adoring Henry Ford (who loved country music, apparently) and made snowshoes for a Robert Peary arctic expedition. A few more details can be found in Wikipedia.

The Recordings

Rippling Wave Waltz

 record label Group: Mellie Dunham and His Orchestra
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (20001)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 26, 1926
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Boston Fancy

 record label Group: Mellie Dunham and His Orchestra
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (20001)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 26, 1926
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Mountain Rangers

 record label Group: Mellie Dunham and his Orchestra
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (19940)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 19, 1926
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This is a recording of Mellie Dunham and his Orchestra playing for a contra dance. Mellie calls the dance and plays the fiddle.

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Lady of the Lake

 record label Group: Mellie Dunham and his Orchestra
Label: Victor Matrix Number: Victor (19940)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 19, 1926
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Here’s another recording of Mellie Dunham and his Orchestra playing for a contra dance. Mellie calls the dance and plays the fiddle.

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