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Archive: February 2020 (4 Posts)

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

Podcast: Part 2 of Winter Songs!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Episode 16 of the Folklife Today Podcast (or Season 2, Episode 4) is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on itunes, or with your usual podcatcher. Get Your Podcast Here! We’re also happy to announce that we’re now available on Stitcher as well–use this link here! In the episode, …

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

James Hogg: Scotland’s Shepherd Poet

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This is a guest post by Valentina Bold and Nancy Groce. On February 21, the American Folklife Center will join the University of Stirling to present a one-day public symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of the contributions the influential Scottish song-maker, folklore collector, novelist, and poet James Hogg (1770-1835). Often called “The Ettrick Shepherd,” Hogg …

The Royal Exchange in London, mid-19th century

The Legend of Monsieur Omnès

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This post examines the history of buses and of the word "bus," looking closely at a legend about a man named Omnes who was important in the naming of the "omnibus."

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

News Coverage of Folklife Research for African American History Month

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The American Folklife Center has recently received some coverage for our efforts to research and recognize African American history which we'd like to tell you about. Last weekend the Atlanta Journal Constitution published this article about the spiritual "Kumbaya." In the article, Shelia M. Poole interviews AFC staff members John Fenn and Stephen Winick (hey, that's me) and even call me "the folklorist version of Sherlock Holmes" for locating what we believe to be the first sound recording of "Kumbaya" some years ago. She also interviews Griffin Lotson, who did research here and in Georgia, and who helped get the song declared the first State Historical Song of Georgia. We wrote about that research here on the blog. We also did a podcast about it, at this link. And we've previously  been covered and interviewed by the New York Times, which you can find here.