Jimmie Rodgers Exhibit Opening April 13

jimmierodgersPlease join us Tuesday evening, April 13th, for the opening of the new Southern Folklife Collection exhibit Jimmie Rodgers: The Father Of Country Music, celebrating the music and legacy of Jimmie Rodgers, one of the most popular and influential musicians of the 20th century.

The event starts with a reception at 5:00 PM, followed by a 5:45 talk by Jocelyn R. Neal, author of The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy In Country Music. Dr. Neal will be delivering a talk based on her research, “The Secrets of  the Songs: Jimmie Rodgers and His Legacy.”

Following the talk, old-time musician Matt Kinman will be performing songs originally popularized by Rodgers and his contemporaries.

The opening event will be held on the 4th floor of Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Dr. Demento On The Old-time Record Review

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On Friday, February 26th, the Southern Folklife Collection will be hosting legendary broadcaster Barry Hansen, aka “Dr. Demento”, longtime host of the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Show. He will be presenting a lecture and spinning records on the subject of “Humor in the 20th Century: Country and Blues”.  The program begins at 5:45 in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room, to  be preceded by a reception at 5:00, and is free and open to the public.

Mr. Hansen should have much to say on the subject of humor in country and blues music, as before he adopted his Dr. Demento persona to become radio’s greatest spinner of humorous songs he was a young musicology student at UCLA, the original home of the John Edwards Memorial Foundation. In the mid-sixties he began his radio career as the host of the “Old-time Record Review”, a scholarly program devoted to the folk, blues, and country music collected by the JEMF. When the JEMF Collection moved to UNC to become the basis of the Southern Folklife Collection , so too did open-reel tapes of 39 episodes of “Old-time Record Review”.

Listen below to a clip of novice DJ Barry Hansen introducing Hank Williams’ “Mind Your Own Business”, from a 1965 episode of “Old-time Record Review” (SFC# FT-1616):

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The Taylor Family in Chapel Hill

Kate TaylorThe Southern Historical Collection and Southern Folklife Collection will be hosting singer-songwriter Kate Taylor and her daughter Liz Witham on Tuesday, February 9th, for an event titled “The Taylor Family in Chapel Hill”, featuring a screening of  Witham’s documentary film Kate Taylor: Tunes from the Tipi and Other Songs From Home, a Q&A with the filmmakers, and a musical performance by Kate Taylor. The event is free and open to the public.


February 9th – “The Taylor Family in Chapel Hill”

Frank Porter Graham Student Union Auditorium

Reception begins at 5:00 pm.

Event begins at 5:45 pm.

For more information, contact Liza Terll at Friends of the Library: liza_terll@unc.edu or (919) 962-4207

Archie Green Memorial Symposium This Saturday, Nov. 21

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This Saturday Wilson Library will be remembering folklorist and union activist Archie Green with a day-long symposium and concert event. “Work’s Many Voices: A Memorial Symposium in Honor of Archie Green” will pay tribute to Green’s interest in the life, culture, and art of workers in the United States.

Symposium, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM

Featuring Julie Ardery, Robert Cantwell, Brendan Greaves, Janet Hoshour, John Hubble, Pat Huber, Adam Machado, Daniel Patterson, Tim Prizer, Patricia Sawin, Chris Strachwitz, Kieran Taylor, David Whisnant, and Jack Wright.

Norm Cohen, author of All This for a Song and Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong, will deliver the keynote address at 11:00 AM.

Reception at 5:00 PM

Concert at 6:30 PM

Performances by traditional ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, old-time musicians Stephen Wade and Mike Craver, and the New North Carolina Ramblers.

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The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To sign up, email Liza Terll at the Friends of the UNC Library, liza_terll@unc.edu.

Sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection, the University Library, and the  UNC Folklore Program.

“Seeing Sound” Exhibit, Oct. 12, 2009 – Jan. 4, 2010

Before the widespread availability of recordings and record players, music publishers relied on visual representations to inform and entice consumers to buy sheet music of popular songs. The illustrator had to convey both the subject matter and the mood of a song, essentially capturing the sound of music in a single painting or drawing.

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From October 12 to January 4, the Southern Folklife Collection will be hosting the exhibit Seeing Sound: Sheet Music Illustration From 1890 To 1940, featuring sheet music illustrations from the Eugene Earle Collection. The exhibit will be held on the 4th floor of the Wilson Library and is free and open to the public (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mon.-Fri., 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Sat.).

Jewish-Irish Collaborations in Tin Pan Alley: A Program with Mick Moloney

Mick Moloney The SFC will welcome folklorist and musician Mick Moloney this Thursday, October 8, in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room, for a multimedia musical presentation on the connections between Jewish and Irish musicians and lyricists in Tin Pan Alley.

Mick Moloney has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music, and is the author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American Immigration Through Song. He currently teaches in the Irish Studies Program at New York University.

His most recent album, If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews, was released September 15 on Compass Records.

The event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Reception at 5:00 pm, program at 6:00 pm

Pleasants Family Assembly Room (2nd Floor, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill)

We are co-sponsoring this event with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, American Studies Dept., Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, and the Friends of the Library.

Hold The Date!

The SFC is happy to announce three events on our Fall 2009 schedule. More details to follow. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

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Mick Moloney

Mick Moloney Lecture
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Reception at 5:00pm, Talk at 6pm
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill
Lecture by folklorist and Irish musician Mick Moloney on the connections between Jewish and Irish musicians and lyricists in Tin Pan Alley.

We are co-sponsoring the event with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, American Studies Dept., Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, and the Friends of the Library.

George Stoney Film Screening

George Stoney

George Stoney

Friday, October 16, 2009
Location Stone Center Theater, Stone Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Reception at 5:00pm, Talk at 6pm
Film Screening and Q&A with documentary filmmaker George Stoney.

Event co-sponsored with Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the Friends of the Library.

Archie Green Memorial Symposium

Archie Green with Dock Walsh, 1963

Archie Green with Dock Walsh, 1963

Saturday November 21, 2009
9am-5pm
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.
A symposium in honor of folklorist Archie Green. The event will include panel discussions, reminiscences and performances.

Event co-sponsored with UNC-Chapel Hill Folklore Program, American Studies Dept.