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Brett Sutton and Peter Hartman collection, 1976.

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Creator: Sutton, Brett and Peter Hartman.
Collection number: 20042
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Abstract: Brett Sutton (1948- ) was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. He eared as Masters degree in 1976 from the Curriculum of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His thesis focused on African American spiritual folk singing around Raleigh and Durham, N.C. Peter Hartman (1959- ) earned a B.S. in 1975 UNC. Hartman, also a banjo player, joined Brett Sutton to explore their mutual interest in religious folk music. In 1976, they moved to southwestern Virginia where they worked on an NEH-funded project called “Religious Folksongs in the Virginia Mountains.” From this research, they produced a book and LP recording called Primitive Baptist Hymns of the Blue Ridge (UNC Press, 1982). Sound recordings and documentation relating to Sutton and Hartman’s NEH project. The folk hymn singing tradition of conservative Baptists in southwestern Virginia in worship services and congregational meetings were recorded in rural churches, and interviews and songs were collected in congregation members’ homes. Supplemental information and transcripts include indices of texts, songs, and informants. Also available is an inventory and comparative summary of tunes collected and the NEH grant application, which includes a narrative about the purpose, significance, and scope of the project.

Repository: Southern Folklife Collection

Collection Highlights: Interviews and songs were collected in congregation members’ homes. Interviewed were Amos Hash, William Holland, Guy Phillips, Lane Carter, Monroe Simpkins, Myrtle Wood, James Denton, Thomas Claytor, the Reverend M. D. Hart, Elder Clifton, and Mrs. Benny Clifton. Supplemental records and transcripts include indices of texts, songs, and informants. Also available is an inventory and comparative summary of tunes collected and the NEH grant application, which includes a narrative about the purpose, significance, and scope of the project.

  1. James L. Shelor
    May 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm | #1

    I have seen a cd collection / set of these recordings that was purchased by my cousin. I would like to purchase the cd set as my aunt and uncle sang some of the hymns in their home. I haven’t been able to find the website page to do this. If this is still avaliable for sale, please instruct me as how to proceede. Thanks, awaiting your reply.

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