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.

 

     
 
"John Henry," performed by Tommy Jarrell on banjo at his home in Toast, North Carolina. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
 
"Sweet Sunny South," performed by Tommy Jarrell on banjo and vocal at his home in Toast, North Carolina. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
     
 
Laethe Eller, mother of Lawrence and Vaughn Eller, sings and plays "Little Brown Jug." Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Ms. Eller's home in Upper Hightower, Hiawassee, Georgia, September 1982.
 
Canton, North Carolina's Southern Mountain Cloggers perform at the 1983 Georgia Mountain Fair. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew in Hiawassee, Georgia, in August of that year.

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