Collection Number: 20040

Collection Title: Ken George and Jay Orr Collection, 1977

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Size 3 items
Abstract The Ken George and Jay Orr Collection consists of audio recordings, 1977, of Fred Cockerham performing old-time string band music in concert with Mike Fishback and Nowell Creadick. Cockerham, an old-time fiddle and banjo player from Low Gap, Surry County, N.C., primarily plays fiddle, while Fishback primarily plays banjo and Creadick is on guitar. The live performance was recorded by anthropologist, Ken George, and country music historian, Jay Orr, at the Ranch House restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C. The recordings include musicians talking between songs and audience responses and applause.
Creator George, Kenneth M., 1950-

Orr, Jay.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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[Identification of item], in the Ken George and Jay Orr Collection #20040, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Kenneth "Ken" M. George received a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.A. (Folklore) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from the University of Michigan. He joined the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific in 2013 as Professor of Anthropology and Director of the School of Culture, History and Language, having served previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University and the University of Oregon. He is a specialist on Southeast Asia and a past editor of the Journal of Asian Studies (2005-2008). His ethnographic research in Indonesia has focused on the cultural politics of minority ancestral religions (1982-1992), and more recently (1994-2008), on a long-term collaboration with painter A. D. Pirous, exploring the aesthetic, ethical, and political ambitions shaping Islamic art and art publics in that country.

Jay Orr received an M.A. (Library Science) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1984 he became the head of technical services at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Library and Media Center. After leaving his post as head of technical services in 1989, Orr joined The Nashville Banner as a music reporter, later writing for The Tennessean. In 2000, Orr left The Tennessean to work for CMT.com, web site of the popular country music channel. Eventually, Orr found his way back to the Country Music Hall of Fame as Vice President of Museum Programs, and in 2002 he became the Senior Director for Research, Editorial, and Content at the museum.

Kenneth George biography courtesy of Australian National University

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The Ken George and Jay Orr Collection consists of 3 open reel audio recordings, 1977, of Fred Cockerham performing old-time string band music in concert with Mike Fishback and Nowell Creadick. Cockerham, an old-time fiddle and banjo player from Low Gap, Surry County, N.C., primarily plays fiddle, while Fishback primarily plays banjo and Creadick is on guitar. The live performance was recorded by anthropologist, Ken George, and country music historian, Jay Orr, at the Ranch House restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C. The recordings include musicians talking between songs and audience responses and applause.

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3 items.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folder 485 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20040/913

Fred Cockerham, Michael Fishback, and Nowell Creadick performing at the Ranch House restaurant, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 September 1977: tape 1 of 3 #20040, Series: "Ken George and Jay Orr Collection, 1977." FT-20040/913

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Includes Fred Cockerham on fiddle and vocals, Mike Fishback on fretless banjo and vocals, and Nowell Creadick on guitar. Identified songs performed in the following order: "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad," "Dance All Night With a Bottle in my Hand," "Ebeneezer," "Sunny Home in Dixie," "Lee Country Blues," "Texas Gal," "Chicken Reel," "Ragedy Ann," "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Get Along Home Cindy"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20040/914

Fred Cockerham, Michael Fishback, and Nowell Creadick performing at the Ranch House restaurant, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 September 1977: tape 2 of 3 #20040, Series: "Ken George and Jay Orr Collection, 1977." FT-20040/914

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Includes Fred Cockerham on fiddle and vocals, Mike Fishback on fretless banjo and vocals, and Nowell Creadick on guitar. Cockerham "takes a break" for the majority of the recording. Identified songs performed in the following order: "Logan County Blues," "Bonaparte's Retreat" (Fishback and Creadick), "Chapel Hill Serenade" (Fishback and Creadick), "Over the Waterfall" (Fishback and Creadick), "The Kitchen Girl" (Fishback and Creadick), "Henry Reed's" (Fishback and Creadick), "Shady Grove," "Too Young to Marry" (Fishback and Creadick), "Fisher's Hornpipe" (Fishback and Creadick), "Ol'' Richmond," "Sally Ann," "Susannah Gal"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20040/915

Fred Cockerham, Michael Fishback, and Nowell Creadick performing at the Ranch House restaurant, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 September 1977: tape 3 of 3 #20040, Series: "Ken George and Jay Orr Collection, 1977." FT-20040/915

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recording equipment malfunction made tape speed erratic. Includes Fred Cockerham on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, Mike Fishback on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, and Nowell Creadick on guitar. Identified songs performed in the following order: "Liberty," "Ol'' Roustabout"

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, June 2016

Encoded by: Anne Wells, June 2016

Archival processing of the Ken George and Jay Orr Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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