September 26, 2017

Music with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Event Date: 2016/05/11 Runnung Time: 54 minutes

athy Fink and Marcy Marxer made some big noise in the Young Readers Center. First graders from Leckie Elementary School learned about how music is made with instruments played in their performance such as banjo, mandolin, electric guitar, steel drum, ukulele and even spoons.

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September 16, 2017

Billy McComiskey Family Band

Event Date: 2016/06/28 Runnung Time: 62 minutes

Traditional Irish musician Billy McComiskey is joined in this performance by Myron Bretholz, Josh Dukes, Angela Fee, Catriona Fee, Mikey McComiskey and Patrick McComiskey.

Billy McComiskey is one of the nation's leading players of Irish traditional music. He has won the All-Ireland championship on the button accordion, and is a veteran of bands such as the Irish Tradition, the Green Fields of America, and Trian, He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and learned to play from Sean McGlynn, a master and proponent of the East Galway style that now characterizes the playing of many of the country's finest Irish accordion players. Billy McComiskey earned a 2016 National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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September 14, 2017

Bluegrass Early Cuts 1931-1953: Classic Recordings Remastered

JSP Records 7731A-7731D

Format: Boxed Sets 4CDs, Various Artists, Remastered
Country: UK
Released: June 21, 2004
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Early Bluegrass
Disc: A (1947-1953)
01 Orange Blossom Special: Jerry & Sky
02 The Old Grey Goose: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
03 Kentucky Is Only A Dream: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
04 Holston Valley Breakdown: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
05 Somebody Touched Me: John Reedy & His Stone Mountain Boys
06 Jesse James: Toby Stroud & The Blue Mountain Boys
07 Tragic Romance: Toby Stroud & The Blue Mountain Boys
08 Lint Head Stomp: Phebel Wright
09 Jesse James: Whitey & Hogan
10 Radio Boogie: L.C Smith
11 Bluebonnet Lane: Colwell Brothers
12 Mother, Sweet Mother: Rebe & Rabe
13 Helen: Rebe & Rabe
14 Home Sweet Home: Hack Johnson & His Tennesseans
15 Let Me Rest (At The End Of My Journey): Shenandoah Valley Trio
16 This World Can't Stand Long: Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee
17 Wicked Path Of Sin: Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee
18 Hallelujah, We Shall Rise: Sauceman Brothers
19 They Sleep Together Now At Rest: Lilly Brothers
20 What Are They Doing In Heaven Today: Lilly Brothers
21 Pain In My Heart: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
22 Lonesome, Sad And Blue: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
23 Don't Forget Me: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
24 Will I Meet Mother In Heaven?: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Disc: B (1945-1953)
01 You Broke Your Promise: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
02 I'm Left Alone: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
03 Nobody Cares (Not Even You): Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
04 Twenty One Years: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
05 Lonesome Pine Breakdown: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
06 New Campdown Races: Marvin Cobb
07 You're The One (I See In My Dreams): Frank Wakefield & Buster Turner
08 Leave Well Enough Alone: Frank Wakefield & Buster Turner
09 Long Time, No See: Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys
10 Weary Hobo: Pee Wee Lambert & Curley Parker
11 Just A Memory: Pee Wee Lambert & Curley Parker
12 Going Back To Old Kentucky: Hobo Jack Adkins
13 Rattlesnake Daddy: Bailey Brothers & The Happy Valley Boys
14 I'm On My Way To The Old Home: Sonny Osborne
15 I've Never Been So Lonesome: Ted Lundy
16 Roll On Blues: Connie & Babe
17 How Will The Flowers Bloom: Connie & Babe
18 The Last Love Letter: Connie & Babe
19 The Lonely Waltz: Connie & Babe
20 Better Late Than Never: Buster Pack & His Lonesome Pine Boys
21 The Bright Crystal Sea: Cecil Surratt & His West Virginia Ramblers
22 Where Will You Spend Eternity: Cecil Surratt & His West Virginia Ramblers
23 He Saved My Soul: Hamm Brothers
24 You Have Left Me Memories: Hobo Jack Adkins
Disc: C (1938-1951)
01 Florida Blues: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
02 Blue Yodel #1: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
03 Missing In Action: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
04 Curtains Of Sorrow: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
05 Little Brown Hand: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
06 Down Among The Budded Roses: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
07 Tomorrow May Be Different: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
08 Come Back My Little Pal: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
09 Wabash Cannon Ball: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
10 Lonesome Dove: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
11 Where The Roses Never Fade: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
12 Natural Bridge Blues: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
13 The Best Of Friends Must Part Sometime: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
14 Polecat Blues: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
15 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
16 Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
17 Can You Forgive: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
18 Loving You Too Well: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
19 'Neath The Bridge At The Foot Of The Hill: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
20 Little Sweetheart Come And Kiss Me: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
21 Little Mohee: The Hall Brothers
22 The Wrong Road: The Hall Brothers
23 Orange Blossom Special: The Rouse Brothers
24 Let Me Be Your Salty Dog: The Morris Brothers
Disc: D (1931-1946)
01 Married Life Blues: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
02 Up Jumped The Devil: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
03 We Shall Rise: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
04 C & N W Railroad: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
05 Carroll County Blues: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
06 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
07 Concord Rag: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
08 Don't Get Trouble In Your Mind: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
09 Drunkard's Hiccoughs: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
10 Blue Ridge Mountain Blue: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
11 Johnson's Old Grey Mule: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
12 Maple On The Hill: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
13 Seven And A Half: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
14 Short Life & It's Trouble: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
15 Wild Bill Jones: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
16 Lonely Tombs: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
17 Poor Drunkard's Dreams: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
18 I Won't Be Worried: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
19 Ramshackle Shack: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
20 Old Reuben: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
21 Don't Leave Me Alone: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
22 You May Forsake Me: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
23 Rambling Boy: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
24 I'll Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms: Buster Carter & Preston Youn
Liner Notes: Pat Harrison
Recorded June 26, 1931 - 1953

September 13, 2017

Carlos Nunez: Galician Bagpipes & Flutes

Event Date: 2014/08/19 Runnung Time: 59 minutes

A concert by bagpiper and flutist Carlos Nunez. Galicians trace their ancestry not only to Iberians but also to Celtic peoples, and their musical traditions reflect a connection to Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany. This concert features a special emphasis on the music collected by Alan Lomax in Galicia in the 1950s, which are part of the AFC archives, and which have inspired numerous musicians including Miles Davis. Nunez has visited AFC several times to research this important collection.

Speaker Biography: Carlos Nunez is a world-famous bagpiper and flutist from Galicia in Spain. Nunez is a traditional bagpiper as well as a classically-trained flute and recorder virtuoso. He has played with the Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Altan, Sinead O'Connor, Hector Zazou, Philip Pickett, and Tamiya Terashima, to name only a few. He has also performed with symphony orchestras and classical ensembles, and has appeared on prestigious stages the world over.

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September 12, 2017

Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes

Smithsonian Folkways SF-40009

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Wilson Rag (1:35)
A2 Freight Train (2:42)
A3 Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (2:09)
A4 I Don't Love Nobody (1:10)
A5 Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now (0:53)
A6 Graduation March (2:29)
A7 Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You (2:11)
A8 Vastopol (2:08)
B1 Here Old Rattler Here / Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow / George Buck (3:45)
B2 Run…Run / Mama Your Son Done Gone (2:15)
B3 Sweet Bye And Bye / What A Friend We Have In Jesus (3:00)
B4 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (4:40)
B5 Spanish Flang Dang (2:49)
B6 When I Get Home (2:21)
Recorded by Mike Seeger and originally issued in 1958 as Folkways FG-3526

September 2, 2017

BeauSoleil Quartet: Cajun Music from Louisiana

Event Date: 2017/06/28 Runnung Time: 73 minutes

The BeauSoleil Quartet presents a concert of lively and soulful Louisiana Cajun music. The quartet includes Michael Doucet on fiddle, accordion and vocals, David Doucet on guitar and vocals, Mitchell Reed on fiddle and bass, and Billy Ware on percussion.

Speaker Biography: For four decades the BeauSoleil Quartet has taken traditional ingredients -- waltzes, two-steps, soulful Cajun French lyrics, hot fiddle licks and irresistible accordion -- and spiced them up with eclectic percussion, acoustic guitar in both finger-picked and flat-picked styles and an open and creative attitude toward the music. BeauSoleil was the first Cajun band to win a Grammy Award (1998) and added a second in 2008. In 2011 the quartet was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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August 29, 2017

The Beaton Family of MabouCape: Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW-40507

Format: CD
Country: US
Released: 2004
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Celtic, World
  1. Thomas MacDonnell's Strathspey/ traditional strathspey / My Great Friend John Morris Rankin / Marie O'Keeffe Reel / Francis Beaton's Reel
  2. Quickstep/ Gordon's Trip to Sydney / The Garden Wall
  3. Bandelena March / Ben Lomond Strathspey / Gabe Arsenault's Reel / Eoghan Dhu Reel / Tullamore Piper Hornpipe traditional reel
  4. Mary Ann MacDougall's / Yester House Strathspey / MacKinnon's Other Rant / Beaton's Delight Reel / Joey Beaton's Reel / Tamarack'er Down
  5. The Haughs of Cromdale / Johnny Sullivan / Malcolm Finlay's Reel / White Lightning
  6. Sandy MacIntyre's March / Because He Was a Bonnie Lad / Editor's Favourite Strathspey / Willy MacKenzie's Reel / Joan Beaton's Reel / Sandy MacInnis Reel
  7. Glenn Graham's Jig / Teviot Bridge / Piper's Jig
  8. Coilsfield House / Farewell Friend March / Fraser's Jig
  9. The Brig O' Balater Strathspey / Fife Hunt Reel / traditional reel / Mrs. Ronald MacDonald's Reel
  10. Do'igean Bachd / The Nights the Goats Came Home / Carl Beaton's Reel / Michael Rankin's Reel
  11. A Joan Boes tune / Erchless Castle March / Donald Angus Beaton's Strathspey / General Stewart of Garth Strathspey / The Grey Old Lady of Raasey Reel / The Men of the Deeps Reel
  12. The Maids of Islay / Lucy Campbell / Elizabeth's Big Coat / Old Time Wedding Reel #1 / MacKinnon's Other Rant / Old Time Wedding Reel #2
  13. Back of the Change House Strathspey / The Beaton Family Recording Strathspey / Todd Graham's Reel / Port St. Lucie Reel / Totar's Hornpipe / The Stone Frigate
  14. Andrea Beaton's March / The Laird O' Thrums Strathspey / Hoch Hey Johnny Lad / Sir Reginald MacDonald Reel / Traditional Laddie Reel / traditional reel
  15. Lady Dorthea Stewart Murray / The Glasgow Gaelic Club / Burt Feintuch
  16. Stumpie/ Duke of Gordon Strathspey / West Mabou Reel / Joys of Mabou Mines Reel / Anna Mae's Reel
Donald Angus Beaton, Kinnon Beaton (fiddle) Betty Lou Beaton, Elizabeth Beaton (piano)
Compiler & Producer: Burt Feintuch, Engineer: Pete Reiniger & Jamie Foulds, Designer: Sonya Cohen Cramer, Photographer: Gary Samson
The fiddle and piano reign in Cape Breton! When the Beatons play, the dancing feet of family, friends, and fans pound out the vibrant rhythms of reels, strathspeys, jigs and other favorites from this tradition-rich corner of Canada. 14 tracks. 74 minutes. 36-page booklet. 14 tracks 74 minutes 36 page booklet

August 22, 2017

Barbara Dane: I Hate The Capitalist System

Paredon Records P-1014

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1973
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Political ballads, Protest songs
A1 I Hate The Capitalist System (3:10)
A2 Lonesome Jailhouse Blues (4:05)
A3 Detroit Medley (2:25)
A4 Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (5:30)
A5 Goodbye To Cold Winter (0:50)
A6 A Single Girl (2:30)
A7 Ludlow Massacre (3:50)
A8 I Dont Want Your Millions, Mr. (3:35)
B1 Things Are So Slow (4:00)
B2 Song Of My Hands (5:45)
B3 Bitter Rain (3:25)
B4 Song Of The Coats (2:50)
B5 The Kent State Massacre (3:35)
B6 Working Class Woman (6:30)
Barbara Dane (guitar/vocals) Ronald Clyne (design)
In 1973, Paredon Records gave Barbara Dane the opportunity to speak about the struggles of the American working class on I Hate The Capitalist System. She offers social commentary on the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 and the disadvantages of capitalism to the struggle in Vietnam. She sings these 14 political ballads in a traditional folk style, accompanying herself on guitar. Liner notes include an opening essay by Irwin Silver about Kane and the inspiration for her work, lyrics and explanation for each song.

August 8, 2017

Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance Music from Texas

Event Date: 2013/09/11 Runnung Time: 73 minutes

Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the International Accordion Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland and Spain. Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as rock and roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano.

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August 5, 2017

Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at FDR's Little White House

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) and daughter Anne (standing behind him) at Warm Springs, Georgia, 'Little White House' in 1933 with Bun Wright's Fiddle Band. The musician seated at FDR's left is playing a Gibson harp guitar.

From the Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site: Franklin D. Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town.While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs. Selected as a "Readers Choice" site in Georgia Magazine four years in a row.

Movie Film  Soldier's Joy: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt hosts Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia. 1933

July 28, 2017

The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers

Columbia CK-53798

Series: Country Classics
Format: CD, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 A Vision Of Mother (2:58
02 The White Dove (3:12
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet (2:48)
04 Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) (3:02)
05 It's Never Too Late To Start Over (2:30)
06 Have You Someone (In Heaven Waiting) (2:40)
07 Little Glass Of Wine (2:57)
08 Let Me Be Your Friend (2:42)
09 We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven (2:37)
10 I Love No One But You (2:36)
11 Too Late To Cry (2:57)
12 The Old Home (2:17)
13 The Drunkard's Hell (2:36)
14 The Fields Have Turned Brown (2:30)
15 Hey! Hey! Hey! (2:41)
16 The Lonesome River (2:43)
17 I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (2:55)
18 Pretty Polly (2:49)
19 A Life Of Sorrow (2:42)
20 Sweetest Love (2:21)
21 The Wandering Boy (2:13)
22 Let's Part The Best Of Friends (2:19)
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Stanley (banjo/vocals) Pee Wee Lambert (mandolin/vocals)
Fiddle: Robert Sumner (tracks: 1 to 8) Les Woodie (tracks: 9 to 18) George Shuffler (tracks: 19 to 22), Bass: James Hughes (tracks: 1 to 8) Ernest Newton (tracks: 9 to 18)
Art Direction, Design: Julian Peploe, Artwork: Robert Contanzo, Compilation Producer: Lawrence Cohn, Graphics: Pat Jerina, Mastering: David Mitson, Product Manager: Rita Cox
Tracks 1 to 8 recorded 3/1/49 in Nashville; 9 to 14 on 11/20/49 in Nashville; 15 to 18 on 11/3/50 in Nashville; 19 to 22 on 4/11/52 in Nashville.

July 27, 2017

Jayme Stone's Folklife

Event Date: 2017/05/04    Running Time: 73 minutes

A concert featuring Jayme Stone. In 2015, "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project" was released, focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, whose collections reside at the American Folklife Center. Stone brought together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. His 2017 project, "Jayme Stone's Folklife," takes a similar tack with more great traditional music.