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.

 

     
 
"Suzy Anna Gal," performed by Tommy Jarrell and string band at the Edwards-Franklin House during the annual Sonker Festival, Mount Airy, North Carolina, July 23, 1983.
 
Vaughn Eller, vocal and mouth-bow (or "picking bow") performs "Cindy." Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Eller's home, Upper Hightower, Hiawassee, Georgia, September 12, 1982.
     
 
Joe Thompson (fiddle), Odell Thompson (banjo), and unidentified guitarist and singers at Odell's home in Mebane, North Carolina, August 1983. Posted in memory of Joe Thompson, who died February 20, 2012.
 
"Fox Chase / Old Rattler," interspersed with some floating verses, performed by Dink Roberts. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Dink's home in Haw River, North Carolina, late July 1983.
     
 
"Reuben (Reuben Train)," performed by Tommy Jarrell on banjo and vocal at his home in Toast, North Carolina. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
 
"Cumberland Gap," performed by Tommy Jarrell on banjo and vocal at his home in Toast, North Carolina. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
     

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