Recording Sessions By Year (1933–1985)

1933

Kentucky (with John A. Lomax)
Harlan County

Louisiana (with John A. Lomax):
Angola State Penitentiary (first recordings of Lead Belly)

Mississippi:
Canton
Oakley Prison Farm, Jackson
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), Parchman

Tennessee:
State Penitentiary, Nashville
Work House, Memphis

Texas:
Central State Farm, Sugar Land
Huntsville Prison, Huntsville
Smithers Plantation, Dallas County

1934

Arkansas (with John A. Lomax):
Bellwood Prison Camp
Cummins State Farm, near Gould

Louisiana (with John A. Lomax):
Angola State Penitentiary
Crowley
Delchambre
Indian Bayou
Jennings
Lafayette
New Iberia

North Carolina (with John A. Lomax):
State Penitentiary, Raleigh

South Carolina (with John A. Lomax):
Reid State Farm, Boykin

Texas:
Austin
Central State Farm, Sugar Land
Cotulla
Darrington State Farm, Sandy Point
State Penitentiary, Huntsville
San Antonio

1935

Bahamas (with Elizabeth Lyttleton Lomax):
Andros Island
Cat Island
Nassau

Florida:
Belle Glade
Chosen
Eatonville

Georgia (with Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Elizabeth Barnicle):
Frederica

Haiti (with Elizabeth Lyttleton Lomax):
Carrefour, Deux Forts
Petionville
Plaisance
Pont Beudet
Port-au-Prince

New York (New York City):
Aunt Molly Jackson

1936

Texas (with John A. Lomax):
Austin (includes first recordings of the Soul Stirrers gospel group)

1937

Kentucky (with Elizabeth Lyttleton Lomax):
Arjay
Big Creek
Billy’s Branch
Cody
Dalesburg
Floress
Fort Thomas
Goose Rock
Hazard
Horse Creek
Hyden
Lakeville
Manchester
Martin’s Creek
Middlefork
Middlesboro
Paintsville
Pine Mountain
Providence
Salyersville
Webb Branch
West Liberty
Wooten

Maryland:
Chevy Chase (Songs played and sung by Alan Lomax, Bess Brown Lomax, Margaret Valiant, and the “Resettlement Folk Singers.” Recorded by Lomax.)

New York (New York City):
Jim Garland
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gelder
Sarah Ogan Gunning
Aunt Molly Jackson

Ohio:
Akron

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress):
Charles J. Finger
Myra E. Hull

1938

Illinois:
Chicago

Indiana (with Elizabeth Lyttleton Lomax):
Bloomington
Deuchars
Evansville
New Harmony
Princeton

Michigan:
Beaver Island
Calumet
Champion
Charles
Detroit
Grandville
Greenland
Marinesco
Mt. Pleasant
Munising
Newberry
Ontonagon
St. Ignace
Traverse City

New Jersey (with Kay Dealy):
Gloucester

Ohio (with Elizabeth Lyttleton Lomax):
Akron
Cincinnati
Hamilton

Pennsylvania:
Bryn Mawr

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress):
Barbara Bell
Ernest Bourne
Jelly Roll Morton
Judge Learned Hand
W. C. Handy
James P. Johnson
Pete Johnson
Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly)
Rindlisbacher Lumberjack Group
Johnnie Robertson
Gertrude Smartts
Blaine Stubblefield
Minnie Swearingen

Wisconsin:
Odonah

1939

New Hampshire (with Helen Hartness Flanders):
Orford
Walpole

New York (New York City):
Albert Ammons
Aunt Molly Jackson
James P. Johnson
Pete Johnson
Meade Lux Lewis
Captain Richard Maitlin
Saunders Terrell (Sonny Terry)

Vermont (with Helen Hartness Flanders):
Bennington
Chelsea
East Calais
Quebec
Springfield

Virginia (with Pete Seeger):
Galax
Roanoke

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress):
Blaine Stubblefield

1940

Washington, D.C (Library of Congress):
Woody Guthrie
Herbert Smoke

1941

Mississippi:
Lula
Clarksdale
Senatobia
Stovall Plantation (first recordings of Muddy Waters)

North Carolina:
Asheville (with Jerome Wiesner and Robert Liss)
Swannanoa

Virginia:
Ft. Myer, Arlington
Galax
Rugby
Salem
Winchester

Washington, D.C (Library of Congress):
Barbara Bell
Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly)
Sailor Dad Hunt
Robert McGimpsey
Mariana Schaupp

1942

Alabama:
Birmingham (Sacred Harp convention, with George Pullen Jackson)

Arkansas:
Sadie Beck’s plantation, near Robinsonville, MS

Mississippi:
Clarksdale
Robinsonville
Senatobia

Virginia:
Saltville

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress):
Barbara Bell
Sailor Dad Hunt
Blaine Stubblefield

1944

Florida:
Tampa

1946

New York (New York City):
(“Blues In the Mississippi Night” session, Decca Studios)
Big Bill Broonzy
Peter Chatman (Memphis Slim)
John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson
(“Calypso At Midnight” and “Calypso After Midnight” concerts, Town Hall)
Duke of Iron
Lord Invader
Macbeth the Great

1947

Mississippi:
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), Parchman

1948

Mississippi:
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), Parchman
Greenville

Texas:
Dallas

1949

Louisiana:
New Orleans (interviews with Leonard Bechet, Ulysseus Picou, Alphonse Picou, Johnny St. Cyr, Paul Dominguez, Jr., and Albert Glenny for the book Mister Jelly Roll.)

New York (New York City):
Jean Ritchie

1950

England (London):
Violeta Parra

1951

England:
Hyde, Cheshire
Middleton-in-Teesdale, Durham
Newcastle
Padstow, Cornwall
Sweffling, Suffolk

Ireland:
Ballylickey, Cork
Carna, Galway
Convoy, Donegal
Coolea, Cork
Dublin
Galway City, Donegal
Kilnaleck, Cavan
Letterkenny, Donegal
Macroom, Cork
Oughterard, Galway
NB: Lomax also recorded sessions with Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman in London.

Scotland:
Aberdeen
Balivanich, Barra
Castlebay, Barra
Daliburgh, South Uist
Ersary, Barra
Edinburgh
Ferrindonald, Skye
Fyvie, Aberdeenshire
Garrynamonie, South Uist
Glasgow
Iochdar, South Uist
Onich, Inverness-shire
Snishival, South Uist
Uig, Skye
NB: Lomax also recorded sessions with Hamish Henderson, Ewan MacColl, and Isla Cameron in London.

1952

France:
Paris (recordings of Big Bill Broonzy)

1953

Spain:

Andalucia:
Bormujos
Cadíz
Granada
Guacín
Seville

Aragón:
Albarracín, Teruel
Yebra de Basa, Huesca
Zaragoza

Asturias:
Arenas de Cabrales
Belmonte de Miranda, Tineo
Llanes
Luarca
Oviedo
Pola de Siero
Porrúa

Basque Country:
Arizkun, Navarre
Elizondo, Navarre
Ergoien-Oiartzun, Guipuzcoa
Lesaka, Navarre
Ondarroa, Guipuzcoa
Pamplona, Navarre
Tolosa, Guipuzcoa
Uitzi, Navarre
Zarautz, Guipuzcoa
Zeanuri, Biscay

Cantabria:
Santander

Castilla & León:
Astorga
Lumago de Laciana
Segovia
Toledo

Catalonia:
Port Bou

Extremadura:
Arroyo de la Luz, Cáceres
Trujillo, Cáceres

Galicia:
Cañizo, Orense
Corcubión
Faramontaos, Orense
Fisterre
Hío
Lumatra
Paredes Leiro, Orense
Ribadavia, Orense
Sobado del Obispo, Orense
Solveira, Orense
Soutoxuste

Ibiza & Formentera:
Sant Josep, Ibiza
La Mola, Formentera

La Mancha:
La Solana
Villanueva de los Infantes

Mallorca:
Palma de Mallorca
Sóller
Valldemossa

Murcia:
Almaha de Murcia
La Parroquia de Lorca
Monteagudo
Sangonera la Verde

Valencia:
Tavernes de la Valldigna
Villanueva de Castellín

1953

England:
Sutton, Norfolk
Blaxhall, Suffolk
Hetton-Le-Hole, Durham
Pin Mill, Suffolk

Scotland:
Newtongrange, Midlothian
NB: Lomax also recorded sessions with Jimmy MacBeath and Jeannie Robertson in London

Wales:
Treorchy

1954

England:
Barrow-on-Humber, Lincolnshire

1954-1955

Italy (with Diego Carpitella):

Abruzzo:
Aielli di Avezzano, Aquila
Castel del Monte, Aquila
Scanno, Aquila
S. Stefano di Sessanio, Aquila
Terranera, Aquila

Basilicata:
Muro Lucano, Potenza

Calabria:
Bagnara Calabra, Reggio Calabria
Cardeto, Reggio Calabria
Cinquefrondi, Reggio Calabria
Feroleto Antico, Catanzaro
Giffone, Reggio Calabria
Mammaola, Reggio Calabria
Melia, Reggio Calabria
Nicastro, Catanzaro
Scilla, Reggio Calabria
Serrastretta, Catanzaro
Vibo Valentia, Catanzaro

Campania:
Capri, Napoli
Caggiano, Salerno
Letino, Caserta
Mercogliano, Avellino
Montemarano, Avellino
Montecalvo Irpino, Avellino
Napoli
Pagani, Salerno
Polla, Salerno
Positano / Monte Pertuso, Salerno
Sant’Andrea di Conza. Avellino
S. Arsenio, Salerno

Emilia-Romagna:
Camposanto sul Panaro, Modena
Civitella di Romagna, Forli
Compiano, Parma
Costabona, Reggio Emilia
Fasatone di Bagno di Romagna, Forli
Gorino di Mesola, Ferrara
Longiano, Forli
Mezzogoro, Ferrara
Pontelangorino, Ferrara
Ranchio, Forli
Riolunato, Modena
S. Giuseppe di Comacchio, Ferrara
S. Pietro in Bagno, Forli

Friuli-Venezia Giulia:
Cormons
Ovaro
S. Giorgio Resia

Lazio:
Cittareale

Liguria:
Bariardo, Imperia
Ceriana, Imperia
Genoa
Imperia

Lombardia:
Almenno S. Salvatore, Bergamo
Bottanugo, Bergamo
Confienza, Pavia
Mantua
Parre, Bergamo
Rota d’Imagna, Bergamo
Rovasenda, Pavia

Marche:
Apiro, Macerata
Strada Cingoli
Treia
Ualdo Tadino

Piemonte / Val D’Aosta:
Cogne
Gurro, Novara
Lillaz
Moncalvo, Monferrato
Niella Belbo, Cuneo
Nus
Tonco, Monferrato

Puglia:
Bisceglia, Bari
Cagnano, Foggia
Calimera, Lecce
Carpino di Gargano, Foggia
Galatone, Lecce
Gallipoli, Lecce
Lago di Varano, Foggia
Locorotondo, Bari
Monte S. Angelo, Foggia
Martano, Lecce
Sannicandro, Foggia
Terlizzi, Bari

Sicily:
Alimena, Palermo
Avola, Siracusa
Bagheria, Palermo
Castelbuono, Palermo
Geraci Siculo, Palermo
Maletto, Catania
Mirto, Messina
Modica, Ragusa
Nicosia, Enna
Petralia Sottana, Palermo
Riposto, Catania
Sciacca, Agrigento
Serra di Falco, Caltanisetta
Sommatino, Caltanisetta
Trapani

Toscana:
Arezzo
Barga, Lucca
Carrara, Lucca
Castel del Piano, Grosseto
Celle sul Rigo
Livorno
Sambuca Pistoiese
Siena
Terranova Bracciolini
Treppio

Trentino-Alto Adige:
Bolzano
Curon Venosta
Moena

Umbria:
Assisi
Norcia
Pieve di Compresseto
Savelli, Perugia
Siena

Veneto:
Chioggia
Pellestrina
Rosolina
Venezia

1957

England (London)
Wanda Sana
Davie Stewart

1958

England (London):
Ewan MacColl
Jeannie Robertson
Peggy Seeger

1959 (with Shirley Collins)

Alabama:
United Sacred Harp Musical Association Convention, Fyffe
Huntsville
Lexington
Livingston

Arkansas:
Heber Springs
Hughes
Landis
Timbo

Georgia:
St. Simons Island

Kentucky:
Blackey
Mayking
Whitesburg

Mississippi:
Como (first recordings of Fred McDowell)
Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm), Parchman
Panola County
Senatobia
Tate County
Tyro

North Carolina:
Concord

Tennessee:
Memphis

Virginia:
Chilhowie
Galax
Hillsville
Rugby

West Virginia:
Williamson

1960

Georgia:
St. Simons Island (with Anna Lomax)

Spain:
Sóller, Mallorca (recordings of British author Robert Graves)

Virginia:
Belleville
Portsmouth
Warrenton
Weems
Williamsburg

1961

New York (New York City):
Bessie Jones
Tom Paxton
Rev. McKinley Peebles (Sweet Papa Stovepipe)
(filming Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass with George Pickow and Jean Ritchie)
Clarence Ashley
Doc Watson
Greenbriar Boys
Jack Elliott
Jean Ritchie
Memphis Slim
New Lost City Ramblers
Peter LaFarge
Roscoe Holcomb
Willie Dixon

1962 (with Antoinette Marchand)

Anguilla:
Copse Eastern
South End
South Hill Village
The Valley

Carriacou:
Bellevue
Hillsborough
La Resource
L’Esterre
Six Roads
Windward

Dominica:
Calibishe
La Plaine
Mahaut
Marigot
Massacre
Roseau
Scotts Head
Wesley
Woodford Hill

Grenada:
Gouyave
La Filette
La Fortune
Levera
Petit Bacaye
Saint George

Guadeloupe:
Capesterre Belle-Eau
Lasserre, Morne-à-l’Eau

Martinique:
Fort-de-France
Le François
Le Pérou, Sainte-Marie

Nevis:
Brick Kiln Village
Gingerland
Newcastle

St. Bartholomew (St. Barthelemy / St. Barts):
Columbier
Flamands

St. Kitts (with Roger Abrahams):  
Irishtown

St. Lucia:
Anse La Raye
Dennery
Gros Islet
Rosseau
Vieux Fort

Tobago (with J. D. Elder):
Pembroke

Trinidad (with J. D. Elder):
Blanchisseuse
Charlo Village
Charlieville
Cumana
Debe
Diego Martin
Indian Walk
Lopinot
Maraval
Mayaro
Morvant
Pasea
Penal
Plaisance
Port-of-Spain
Radix Village
Rampanalgas
Santa Cruz
San Fernando
San Juan
Syne Village
Toco
Upper Laventille

1963

New York (New York City):
Bob Dylan

1964

Georgia (Republic of):
Sidili
New York (New York City):
Mohamad Glaus Waziri

Romania:
Dragas

Russia:
Moscow

1967

Dominican Republic:
[Unknown location]

Morocco (with Joan Halifax):
Aguelmous
Dades Valley
Erfoud
Fès
Ksar El Souk
Marrakech
Ourika Valley
Ouarzazate
Tinjdad

St. Eustatius:
[Unknown location]

1978

Mississippi:
(filming The Land Where Blues Began with John Bishop and Worth Long)
Arkabutla
Bentonia
Bolton
Canton
Como
Greenville
Hollandale
Independence
Lexington
Sardis
Senatobia
Vicksburg

1979

Bahamas:
Long Cay

1982

Alabama:
Bremen

Georgia:
Dahlonega
Hiawassee
Tallapoosa

North Carolina:
Balsam Grove
Banner Elk, Beech Mountain
Burton Cove, Sodom
Laurel Valley
Maggie Valley
Mars Hill

1983

Arizona:
Tuscon

Georgia:
Hiawassee

Kentucky:
Whitesburg

Louisiana:
Abbeville
Breaux Bridge
Cankton
Eunice
Mamou
Scott
Welsh

New York:
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (filming of the Giglio festivities)

North Carolina:
Toast, Mt. Airy
Johnson County

South Carolina:
John’s Island

Tennessee:
Knoxville

Virginia:
Fancy Gap
Hiltons, Poor Valley (the Carter Family Fold)

Washington, D.C.:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

1985

Louisiana:
Basile
Breaux Bridge
Church Point
Lawtell
Mamou
Oberlin

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