Collection Number: 20021

Collection Title: Barry Poss Collection, 1972-1977

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Archival processing of the Barry Poss Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 25 items
Abstract The Barry Poss Collection consists of 25 recordings, 1976-1979, created and compiled by Sugarhill Records founder, Barry Poss. The majority of the items are recordings, 1976-1977, of Virgil Craven (1902-1980), an Anglo-American old-time string band musician of Cedar Falls, N.C. The collection also includes two live recordings from 1975 of Gaither Carlton (1901-1972), an Anglo-American old-time fiddler, banjo player and singer from Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C., and Arthel "Doc" Watson (1923-2012), an Anglo-American guitarist, banjo player and singer also from Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C.
Creator Poss, Barry.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Access to streaming audio or moving image materials may be restricted to researchers who can authenticate with an ONYEN or who are physically present on campus. For further information about access to streaming audiovisual materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff at Wilsonlibrary@unc.edu
Restrictions to Use
Tapes may not be duplicated or published without written consent of the collector and the next of kin of the performer.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Barry Poss Collection #20021, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Barry Poss in August 1974 with subsequent addition from George Holt circa 1993 (Acc. 102530).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Barry Poss is former President and Chairman of Sugar Hill Records, a company he founded in 1978. Mr. Poss holds an Honours BA in sociology and psychology from York University, Toronto, Canada, receiving the Masters Award for Academic Achievement, and an MA and ABD from Duke University, Durham, NC, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow in the graduate school. Poss received an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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The Barry Poss Collection consists of 25 recordings, 1976-1979, on quarter inch open reel audio tape. The majority of the items are recordings, 1976-1977, of Virgil Craven (1902-1980), an Anglo-American old-time string band musician of Cedar Falls, N.C. The collection also includes two live recordings from 1975 of Gaither Carlton (1901-1972), Anglo-American old-time fiddler, banjo player and singer, and Arthel "Doc" Watson (1923-2012), Anglo-American guitarist, banjo player and singer, both from Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C. On these recordings Carlton performs old-time tunes, old-time songs, and ballads on the fiddle or banjo and voice, while Watson performs two old-time songs on banjo and voice. Carlton is accompanied on some selections by Barry Poss on banjo and Sharon Poss on guitar.

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Contents list

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25 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Titles and descriptions compiled from the SFC database.

Field notes for these recordings reside in the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/100

Gaither Carlton, Sharon Poss, and Barry Poss, Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C., May 1972 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/100

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Gaither Carlton on fiddle banjo and vocal; Sharon Poss on guitar; Barry Poss on banjo

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/101

Gaither Carlton, Sharon Poss, Barry Poss, and Doc Watson, Deep Gap, Watauga County, N.C., May 1972 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/101

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Gaither Carlton on fiddle banjo and vocal; Sharon Poss on guitar; Barry Poss on banjo; Doc Watson on vocal and banjo

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4789

Virgil Craven, 7 October 1976: reel 1 of 3 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4789

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4790

Virgil Craven, 7 October 1976: reel 2 of 3 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4790

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4791

Virgil Craven, 7 October 1976: reel 3 of 3 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4791

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4792

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 1 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4792

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4793

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 2 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4793

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4794

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 3 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4794

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4795

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 4 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4795

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4796

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 5 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4796

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4797

Virgil Craven, 21 October 1976: reel 6 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4797

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4798

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 1 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4798

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4799

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 2 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4799

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4800

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 3 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4800

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4801

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 4 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4801

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4802

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 5 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4802

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4803

Virgil Craven, 12 December 1976: reel 6 of 6 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4803

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4804

Virgil Craven, 19 December 1976: reel 1 of 5 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4804

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4805

Virgil Craven, 19 December 1976: reel 2 of 5 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4805

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4806

Virgil Craven, 19 December 1976: reel 3 of 5 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4806

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4807

Virgil Craven, 19 December 1976: reel 4 of 5 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4807

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4808

Virgil Craven, 19 December 1976: reel 5 of 5 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4808

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4809

Virgil Craven, 2 January 1977: reel 1 of 2 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4809

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20021/4810

Virgil Craven, 2 January 1977: reel 2 of 2 #20021, Series: "Barry Poss Collection, 1975-1977." FT-20021/4810

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, February 2016

Archival processing of the Barry Poss Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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