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Archive: January 2014 (3 Posts)

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

Soldier’s Joy: An American Classic

Posted by: Stephen Winick

“Soldier’s Joy” is one of our favorite fiddle tunes, and one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes in the English-speaking world. There are numerous renditions of this piece located throughout Library of Congress collections, many of which are online.  Let’s take a brief tour of this American classic. “Soldier’s Joy”  appeared in late eighteenth-century sheet …

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

The End of the Holidays….

Posted by: Stephen Winick

As the holiday season comes to a close, the staff of the American Folklife Center wishes you all the best for the coming year. In this picture, we pose by the Christmas Tree in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, with some of us still in the costumes we wore in the AFC …