Collection Number: 20034-z

Collection Title: Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976

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Size 100 items
Abstract The collection contains open reel audiotape recordings of old-time fiddler and banjo player Tommy Jarrell (1901-1984) from Mount Airy, N.C., his sister Julie Jarrell Lyons, a ballad singer of Round Peak, N.C., and other members of the Jarrell family, who were of Scottish heritage. In May 1976 at the Jarrell family home in Surry County, N.C., white folklorist Cecelia "Cece" Conway and white musician Alice Gerrard recorded extensive interviews with Jarrell and his family, as well as live performances of Jarrell playing old-time tunes on fiddle and banjo and Lyons singing ballads and hymns. In the interviews, Jarrell and others discuss their musical heritage and family history. The collection also contains related documentation, including scattered tape logs and photocopies of titles and notes found on original open reel audiotape boxes.
Creator Conway, Cecelia.
Language English
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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 Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings #20034, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Cecelia "Cece" Conway is a folklorist and professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Alice Gerrard is a musician, collector, preservationist of old-time music, and the founding editor of The Old Time Herald. Tommy Jarrell (1901-1984) of Mount Airy, N.C., was an old-time fiddler and banjo player, and his sister Julie Jarrell Lyons (1902-1994) was a ballad singer. Tommy Jarrell and Julie Jarrell Lyons were of Scottish heritage. Both Cece Conway and Alice Gerrard are white. In 1981, Cece Conway and Alice Gerrard returned to Mount Airy to document Tommy Jarrell and his family for the Sprout Wings and Fly documentary film project. The film, which was directed and photographed by Les Blank, produced and co-directed by Cece Conway and Alice Gerrard, edited by Maureen Gosling, and sound by Mike Seeger, premiered in the fall of 1983 at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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The collection contains open reel audiotape recordings of old-time fiddler and banjo player Tommy Jarrell (1901-1984) of Mount Airy, N.C., his sister Julie Jarrell Lyons, a ballad singer of Round Peak, N.C., and other members of the Jarrell family, who were of Scottish heritage. In May 1976 at the Jarrell family home in Surry County, N.C., white folklorist Celia "Cece" Conway and white musician Alice Gerrard recorded extensive interviews with Jarrell and his family, as well as live performances of Jarrell playing old-time tunes on fiddle and banjo and Lyons singing ballads and hymns. In the interviews, Jarrell and others discuss their musical heritage and family history. The collection also contains related documentation, including scattered tape logs and photocopies of titles and notes found on original open reel audiotape boxes.

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Folder 1 was formerly in Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025), folder 445. Titles compiled from original containers. Titles supplied by processor are in brackets. Please note eleven tapes are missing (FT-482-483, FT-495, FT-500, FT-501-502, FT-504-508).

Folder 1

Documentation: FT-449-508 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." Folder 1

Formerly folder 445 within Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes (#30025)

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/449

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, in his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 3 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/449

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/450

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, in his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 3 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/450

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/451

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, in his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 3 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/451

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/452

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, in his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 3 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/452

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/453

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, trip to old place at Round Peak, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/453

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/454

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, en route to Round Peak cemetery, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/454

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/455

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, Round Peak picnic, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/455

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/456

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, Round Peak picnic, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/456

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/457

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, Round Peak picnic, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/457

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/458

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, Round Peak, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/458

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/459

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, Round Peak, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/459

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/460

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/460

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/461

Interview with Corrina Bowden, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/461

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/462

Interview with Corrina Bowden, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/462

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/463

Interview with Corrina Bowden, 4 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/463

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/464

Tunes and interview with Tommy Jarrell,, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/464

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/465

Tunes and interview with Tommy Jarrell and Dave Winston of Lexington, Va. on banjo., 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/465

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/466

Tunes by Tommy Jarrell and Dave Winston, interview with Julie Lyons, Jarrell's oldest sister, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/466

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/467

Interview with Julie Lyons, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/467

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/468

Interview with Julie Lyons, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/468

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/469

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell and Alice Gerrard, recorded at Corrina Bowden's #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/469

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/470

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell, recorded at Corrina Bowden's, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/470

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/471

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell, recorded at Corrina Bowden's, 5 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/471

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/472

Interview with Tommy Jarrell at his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/472

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/473

Interview with Tommy Jarrell at his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/473

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/474

Interview with Tommy Jarrell at his home in Mt. Airy, N.C., 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/474

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/475

Interview and tunes, Tommy Jarrell, recorded at Julie Lyon's, 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/475

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/476

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell and family, recorded at Julie Lyon's, 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/476

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/477

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell and family, recorded at Julie Lyon's, 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/477

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/478

Tunes, Tommy Jarrell and family, recorded at Julie Lyon's, 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/478

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/479

Interview and tunes, Tommy Jarrell and family, recorded at Julie Lyon's, 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/479

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/480

Interview [Tommy Jarrell and family], 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/480

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/481

Interview [Tommy Jarrell and family], 6 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/481

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/482

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/482

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/483

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/483

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/484

Saturday night dance, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/484

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/485

Conway/Gerrard collection 37 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/485

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/486

Singing, Julie Lyons, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/486

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/487

Singing, Julie Lyons, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/487

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/488

Singing, Julie Lyons, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/488

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/489

Singing, Julie Lyons, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/489

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/490

Singing, Julie Lyons, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/490

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/491

Interview with Tommy Jarrell, at his home in Mt. Airy, NC, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/491

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/492

Saturday night square dance at the Freeman's, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/492

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/493

Saturday night square dance at the Freeman's, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/493

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/494

Saturday night square dance at the Freeman's, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/494

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/495

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/495

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/496

Saturday night square dance at the Freeman's, 8 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/496

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/497

Banjo tunes, Tommy Jarrell, at home on Mother's Day, 9 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/497

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/498

Tommy Jarrell, at home on Mother's Day, 9 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/498

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/499

Fiddle lesson, Tommy Jarrell, at home on Mother's Day, 9 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/499

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/500

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/500

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/501

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/501

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/502

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/502

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/503

Music, Tommy Jarrell, at home on Mother's Day, 9 May 1976 #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/503

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/504

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/504

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/505

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/505

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/506

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/506

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/507

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/507

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20034/508

[Missing] #20034-z, Series: "Cecelia Conway and Alice Gerrard Collection of Tommy Jarrell and Julia Jarrell Lyons Recordings, 1976." FT-20034/508

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Smith, August 2018

Updated by: Anne Wells, June 2019

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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