Appalachia 1982-1983

Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray and Stanley Hicks; union activist and singer Nimrod Workman; fiddler Tommy Jarrell; the ballad singers of Sodom Laurel, Madison County, N.C.; the Piedmont blues stylists John Dee Holeman and Algia Mae Hinton, and the National Sacred Harp Convention in Fyffe, Alabama.

 

 
"Abbeville" (#33), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Loyd Redding. Weeping prayer led by Bob Denson. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
 
"Fillmore" (#434), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Kathleen Robins. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
 
 
"Idumea" (#47b), also known as "And Am I Born to Die?), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Mark Brown. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
 
"Morning Prayer" (#411), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Tom Harper. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
     
 
"New Britain," better known as "Amazing Grace" (44t), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Mildred Dumas. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
 
"Plenary" (#162), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Hugh McGraw, General Chairman of the 1991 Denson revision committee and recipient of a 1982 NEA National Heritage Fellowship for his advocacy and promotion of Sacred Harp singing. With apologies for tape stutters. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.

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