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.

 

     
 
"Present Joys" (#318), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by Lonnie Rogers. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
 
"Sherburne" (#186), sung by the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention; led by D.T. White. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew using four quad-split cameras, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982.
     
 
Alan Lomax, with Phil Summerlin and Buell Cobb, discusses the emotional, historical, and musicological dimensions of Sacred Harp. Lomax sees shape-note singing as characteristically American, places it in a global multi-melodic choral context, and predicts its increasing popularity. Shot at the Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 6, 1982.
 
Algia Mae Hinton flat-foots, plays guitar behind her head, and generally hams it up on her porch. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Hinton's home in Johnston County, North Carolina, July 29, 1983.
     
 
Dellie Chandler Norton sings "Early, Early In the Spring" (Roud 152; Laws M1) at her home in the Burton Cove, Sodom Laurel, Madison County, North Carolina, as Cas Wallin and Sheila Kay Adams listen. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, September 6-7, 1982.   A fragment of "Roustabout" sung and played by Dink Roberts. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Dink's home in Haw River, North Carolina, late July 1983.
     

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