Bob Holt (fiddler)

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Bob Holt
Born(1930-11-25)November 25, 1930
Ava, Missouri
DiedMarch 19, 2004(2004-03-19) (aged 73)
Ava, Missouri
GenresOld-time music
Years active1947–2004

Bob Holt was an American fiddler, playing old-time and for square dances. He was known for his lightning-fast, energetic style of playing. He played his signature song "Ninth of January" at as much as 144 beats per minute while playing for dances.[1] He was born on November 25, 1930 in Ava, Douglas County, Missouri.[2] He died March 19, 2004 in Ava.

Holt was a recipient of a 1999 National Heritage Fellowship in the amount of $10,000[3] from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.[4]


  • Rabbit in the Pea Patch (cassette tape)
  • The Way I Heard It (cassette tape)
  • Got a Little Home to Go To[1] [2] Rounder, 1998 CD 0432

He appears on:

  • Jump Fingers, a tape by the Childgrove Country Dancers.
  • Face the Creek, a CD produced by the Childgrove Country Dancers.
  • Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks: Volume I: Along the Eastern Crescent, Rounder, 1999 (CDROUN0435 / 018964443528)
  • North American Traditions: The Art of Traditional Fiddle [3] Rounder, 1999


  1. ^ Marshall, Howard Wight (2017). "Lonnie Robertson". Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-8262-2121-6. OCLC 2017933621.
  2. ^ Govenar, Alan (2001). "Bob Holt: Anglo-American Ozark Fiddler". Masters of Traditional Arts: A Biographical Dictionary. vol. 1 (A-J). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. pp. 277–278. ISBN 1576072401. OCLC 47644303.
  3. ^ "Ozarks Fiddler Honored with Heritage Fellowship". Heritage Publishing. 1999. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1999". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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