This Week in Texas Music History – Fort Griffin Fandangle
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about one of the state’s longest-running musical celebrations. On June 26, 2011, the Fort Griffin Fandangle will wrap up its 73rd annual performance in Albany, Texas. Fort Griffin, a nearby military outpost during the late 1800s, provided protection for early settlers in the region. The Fandangle, an English derivation of the Spanish word fandango (which is a type of dance), debuted in 1938 as a way for area residents to celebrate their pioneer heritage.
Spanning the last two weekends of June, the event features musical numbers and dramatic sketches depicting the history of northern Shackelford County. After nearly three-quarters of a century, the Fort Griffin Fandangle remains one of the longest-running annual musical events in the state.