The Southern Folklife Collection now has well over 5000 streaming audio files of digitized archival recordings. Recent additions have been made possible through support from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We’ve shared streaming recordings from the William R. Ferris Collection (20367), Goldband Recording Corporation Collection (20245) and the Mike Seeger Collection (20009) in the past, but we have since more than doubled the amount of streaming content. We’d love to hear your favorites, but as an introduction, we pulled a few that we found particularly fascinating from the most recent additions. Click on the link to go directly to a streaming audio file:
- I am particularly pleased to share the first (of many to come) streaming recording in the Alice Gerrard Collection (20006), featuring fiddler Joe Caudill, banjo player Bertie Dickens, and Dan Williams. Also check out this new Wikipedia article about Bertie Dickens created during the SFC/NCC NC Heritage Award wiki-edit-a-thon we held last week.
- From the Bob Carlin Collection (20050), The Spencer Brothers, Lance and Maynard. Originally from Virginia, The Spencer Brothers performed on Greensboro’s WBIG and with Stringbean as part of Charlie Monroe’s Kentucky Partners Troupe in the 1940s.
- From the Tom Davenport Collection (20025), we’ve added a number of interviews with Arthur Jackson, aka Peg Leg Sam, and members of the Joines family . Here is one of Jackson conducted during the making of the excellent documentary film, Born for Hard Luck (view it on Folkstreams.net).
- Finally from the Kevin Delaney Collection (20035), some Irish fiddling, recorded in Dublin in 1972.