Collection Number: 20082

Collection Title: Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985

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Size 14 items
Abstract The Ken Kenkel Collection consists of interviews and recorded performances created and compiled by Kenneth (Ken) Russell Kenkel for his 1986 master's thesis in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection includes an interview with Bobby McMillon, Anglo-American singer and storyteller, of Lenoir, N.C., about his traditional music and storytelling; an interview with Virginia Sykes Perry, Anglo-American of Orange County, N.C., about the folk house (I-house) she grew up in; a recording of Lauchlin Shaw, Anglo-American old-time fiddler, of Harnett County, N.C., playing old-time fiddle with an accompanying string band for the radio broadcast-CCTV Folklife Radio Series; a recording of a live concert of Frank Proffitt, Jr., Anglo-American singer and musician, of Morganton, N.C., playing old- time music on the banjo and dulcimer and singing; and interviews with Proffitt about his musicianship. Copies of Kenkel's thesis, titled, "Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Bobby McMillon: traditional artists in the public eye," reside at the Davis Library and within the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Creator Kenkel, Kenneth Russell.
Language English
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Kenneth (Ken) Russell Kenkel was a former graduate student of folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his master's thesis, titled "Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Bobby McMillon: traditional artists in the public eye," in 1986.

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The Ken Kenkel Collection consists of 14 open reel interviews and recorded performances created and compiled by Kenneth (Ken) Russell Kenkel for his 1986 master's thesis in folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection includes an interview with Bobby McMillon, Anglo-American singer and storyteller, of Lenoir, N.C., about his traditional music and storytelling; an interview with Virginia Sykes Perry, Anglo-American of Orange County, N.C., about the folk house (I-house) she grew up in; a recording of Lauchlin Shaw, Anglo-American old-time fiddler, of Harnett County, N.C., playing old-time fiddle with an accompanying string band for the radio broadcast-CCTV Folklife Radio Series; a recording of a live concert of Frank Proffitt, Jr., Anglo-American singer and musician, of Morganton, N.C., playing old- time music on the banjo and dulcimer and singing; and interviews with Proffitt about his musicianship. Copies of Kenkel's thesis, titled, "Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Bobby McMillon: traditional artists in the public eye," reside at the Davis Library and within the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Contents list

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14 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Titles compiled from SFC database and field notes.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folders 613-614, and 649 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1552

Mrs. Virginia Sykes Perry interview, Orange County, N.C., 17 March 1984, 31 March 1984: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1552

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with Mrs. Virginia Sykes Perry about the I-house she grew up in Bingham Township, Orange County, N.C. Recorded at her new home in Orange County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1553

Mrs. Virginia Sykes Perry interview, Orange County, N.C., 17 March 1984, 31 March 1984: tape 2 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1553

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with Mrs. Virginia Sykes Perry about the I-house she grew up in Bingham Township, Orange County, N.C. Recorded at her new home in Orange County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1549

Bobby McMillon interview, Lenoir, N.C., 20 March 1984: tape 1 of 3 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1549

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with singer and tale teller, Bobby McMillon. Recorded at McMillon's home in Lenoir, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1550

Bobby McMillon interview, Lenoir, N.C., 20 March 1984: tape 2 of 3 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1550

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with singer and tale teller, Bobby McMillon. Recorded at McMillon's home in Lenoir, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1551

Bobby McMillon interview, Lenoir, N.C., 20 March 1984: tape 3 of 3 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1551

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with singer and tale teller, Bobby McMillon. Recorded at McMillon's home in Lenoir, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1754

CCTV Folklore Radio Series featuring Lauchlin Shaw and Gina Britt, Harnett County, N.C., 1984: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1754

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recording of CCTV Folklore Radio Series featuring Lauchlin Shaw, old time fiddler, with string band accompaniment, and a focus on Gina Britt, 12 year old banjo player and vocalist. Recorded at Shaw's home in Harnett County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1755

CCTV Folklore Radio Series featuring Lauchlin Shaw and Gina Britt, Harnett County, N.C., 1984: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1755

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recording of CCTV Folklore Radio Series featuring Lauchlin Shaw, old time fiddler, with string band accompaniment, and a focus on Gina Britt, 12 year old banjo player and vocalist. Recorded at Shaw's home in Harnett County, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1758

Frank Proffitt Jr. interview, West Piedmont Community College, Morganton, N.C., 15 April 1985: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1758

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with Frank Proffitt, Jr. (b. 1946), son of well known singer and musician, Frank Profitt, Sr. on continuing his father's tradition. Recorded at West Piedmont Community College.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1759

Frank Proffitt Jr. interview, West Piedmont Community College, Morganton, N.C., 15 April 1985: tape 2 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1759

1/4" Open Reel Audio

5" reel

Interview with Frank Proffitt, Jr. (b. 1946), son of well known singer and musician, Frank Profitt, Sr. on continuing his father's tradition. Recorded at West Piedmont Community College.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1756

Bobby McMillon interview, stories, and songs, King's Creek, N.C., 5 May 1985: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1756

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Interview, stories, and songs with Bobby McMillon. Recorded at McMillon's home in King's Creek, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1757

Bobby McMillon interview, stories, and songs, King's Creek, N.C., 5 May 1985: tape 2 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1757

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Interview, stories, and songs with Bobby McMillon. Recorded at McMillon's home in King's Creek, N.C.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1760

Frank Proffitt Jr. live concert, West Piedmont Community College, Morganton, N.C. 9 May 1985 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1760

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Live concert of old time mountain music, banjo, dulcimer, vocal, performed by Frank Proffitt, Jr. Recorded at West Piedmont Community College.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1761

Frank Proffitt Jr. performance at home, Morganton, N.C. 9 May 1985: tape 1 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1761

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Old-time mountain music on banjo, vocal, performed by Frank Proffitt, Jr. Recorded at Proffitt's home in Morganton, N.C. after a concert at West Piedmont Community College. Proffitt sings and plays many pieces learned from his dad and others, including "Cluck Old Hen," "Tom Dula,", "Johnson Boys," "Handsome Molly," "Naomi Wise," "Going Across the Mountain," "Cripple Creek," "Bolampkins," and "Reuben's Train."

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20082/1762

Frank Proffitt Jr. performance at home, Morganton, N.C. 9 May 1985: tape 2 of 2 #20082, Series: "Ken Kenkel Collection, 1984-1985." FT-20082/1762

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Old-time mountain music on banjo, dulcimer, and vocal, performed by Frank Proffitt, Jr. Recorded at Proffitt's home in Morganton, N.C. after a concert at West Piedmont Community College. Proffitt sings and plays many pieces learned from his dad and others, including "Fly Around Me Pretty Little Miss," "One Morning Fair," "Groundhog," "Nobody's Business," "Down in the Valley," "Willow Garden," "George Collins," "There Ain't a Thing for a Poor Man in This World," and "Foggy Mountain Top."

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, April 2016

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

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