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Archive: May 2020 (6 Posts)

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

Getting Inspired from Home on the Folklife Today Podcast!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Episode eighteen of the Folklife Today Podcast (or Season 2, Episode 6) is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on Stitcher, iTunes, or your usual podcatcher. It's the first episode of the podcast that we've created from our homes, while unable to return to our offices or studio in the Library of Congress due to the social distancing measures imposed by Covid-19.  In the episode, John Fenn and I talk to three AFC staff members, Allina Migoni, Michelle Stefano, and Maya Lerman, about folklife collections and items that have been inspiring to them in this strange and difficult time.  We also talk about some of the materials that have been inspiring us. As usual, there are lots of audio excerpts from tunes, songs, and interviews in AFC collections.

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

Inspiration for an Archivist: John Cohen, Tommy Jarrell, and the Blue Ridge.

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This guest post by AFC archivist Maya Lerman is part of a series of posts called Staff Finds During Difficult Times, in which staff members discuss collections and items that have been inspiring them while they are working at home during the covid-19 pandemic or in other difficult circumstances. Maya discusses her work on the John Cohen collection and the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection. The blog includes embedded old-time music and interviews with John Cohen and Tommy Jarrell.

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

“The Sun’s Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday”: Songs Of Hope In A Time Of Fear

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This guest post by Jennifer Cutting is part of a series of blog posts highlighting performances by contemporary artists at special “Archive Challenge” showcase stages, both at the Folk Alliance International conference, and at the Library of Congress as part of the Homegrown concert series. (Find all entries in the series here!) In both of …

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

Homegrown Plus: John McCutcheon Takes the Archive Challenge!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. We’re continuing the series with John McCutcheon, an American folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. McCutcheon is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and in the concert displayed jaw-dropping proficiency on guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, jawharp, piano, body percussion, and other instruments. McCutcheon is a master performer whose 36 albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. For this concert, McCutcheon did something else that was very special to us: he took the Archive Challenge, playing exclusively material from American Folklife Center collections. The oral history is filled with fascinating stories of his long career.

Billy Bragg plays guitar and sings into a microphone

Spending a Lot of Time at Home? Take the Archive Challenge!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Take the Archive Challenge–From Home! The following post was co-authored with Jennifer Cutting At the American Folklife Center, we know it’s been hard for those of you who are cooped up at home in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most of the staff live in areas under stay-at-home orders, and have …