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The singers and songs for the Archive Challenge week are as follows:
Monday, March 15
Steve Winick and Jennifer Cutting will perform “The Herring’s Head,” which they learned from a field recording sung by Seamus Ennis, recorded by Alan Lomax at the Irish Folklore Commission in Dublin, Ireland, in 1951. From the Alan Lomax Collection, AFC AFC 2004/004: T3296.0, Track 3.
Tuesday, March 16
Low Lily (Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen) will perform “Old Pinefields,” also known as “Way Down in North Carolina” and “Waterbound,” inspired by a field recording of the Bogtrotters with Fields and Wade Ward, recorded by John Lomax at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, VA in 1937. From the John A. Lomax, Ruby T. Lomax, and Bess Lomax Old Fiddlers’ Convention Collection, AFC 1938/003: AFS 1358 B2).
Wednesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!)
All-Ireland champion singer Kevin Elam will perform “Mrs. McGrath” (“My Son Ted,”) which he learned from a field recording sung by Seamus Ennis, recorded by Alan Lomax in Seamus Ennis’s home in Dublin, Ireland in 1951. From the Alan Lomax Collection, AFC 2004/004: T3281.0 Track 4.
Thursday, March 18
Dom Flemons, also known as “The American Songster,” won a Grammy Award for his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and was our first “Archive Challenge” artist back in 2015. Dom will perform “We Are Almost Down to the Shore,” which he learned from a field recording sung by Blind Jimmie Strothers with banjo, recorded by John Lomax at State Farm, VA in 1936. From the John A. Lomax southern states collection, 1933-1937, AFC 1935/002: AFS 747 A2.
Friday, March 19
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Grammy-winning old-time musicians, will perform “Ain’t You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?” They learned it from the singing of Guy Carawan, and were inspired by the version in the Candie Carawan and Guy Hughes Carawan oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in New Market, Tennessee, 2011 September 19, which is part of the Civil Rights History Project collection, 2010-2016, AFC 2010/039.
Saturday, March 20
Old-time and blues musician Hubby Jenkins, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Rhiannon Giddens band, will surprise us with one of several songs he has learned from the archive!
Sunday, March 21
Kumera Zekarias will perform “I’m Gonna Make You Happy,” which he learned from a field recording sung with harmonica by Buster Brown of Cordell, GA. Recorded by Lewis Wade Jones and Willis James at Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Georgia in 1943. From the Lewis Jones and Willis James Recordings at Fort Valley State College, AFC 1943/012: AFS 6989 A.
The Archive Challenge is a way for all kinds of people to engage with AFC collections. Find out how YOU can take the Archive Challenge at this link.
The Daily Antidote of Song is produced by Washington Revels and Carpe Diem Arts and has now passed its 350th day. It has attracted participants from over 40 states and more than a dozen countries. It was originally designed to help people during isolation. As the growing community continued to sing together and to navigate other national and international challenges, the songs have become increasingly focused on racial and social justice and peace, while the group continues to sing also for the benefit of creating joy, strength, and community during tough times. Song leaders have joined from all across the United States, as well as from Canada, Europe, and Africa.