Collection Number: 70088

Collection Title: Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976

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Abstract Audio recordings related to the 1976 Winter Folk Festival, a folk music festival held 20-24 January 1976 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The festival featured concerts, workshops, films, and jam sessions of folk music and traditions of the southern United States, including old-time, blues, Cajun, and string band music. Cecelia Conway and Jan Schochet, white graduate folklore students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conceived of the festival, which was sponsored by UNC's Carolina Union and hosted at various venues across campus as well as the larger Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. The recordings include performances by Tommy Jarrell, Dewey Balfa, Mike Seeger, Howard Armstrong, Peg Leg Sam (Arthur Jackson, 1911-1977), Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Fred Cockerham, the Red Clay Ramblers, Hazel Dickens, and Alice Gerrard, among others. It is unclear who created or donated the recordings to the Southern Folklife Collection, although white folklorist and performer, Joan Fenton, is credited for recording select items. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former library staff, consisting of handwritten and typed tape logs and tape index. Tape logs include song titles and performer names when known.
Creator Winter Folk Festival (1976 : University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Winter Folk Festival Recordings #70088, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
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The 1976 Winter Folk Festival was a folk music festival held 20-24 January in Chapel Hill, N.C. The festival featured concerts, workshops, films, and jam sessions of folk music of the southern United States, including old-time, blues, Cajun, and string band music. Cecelia "Cece" Conway and Jan Schochet, white graduate folklore students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conceived of the festival, which was sponsored by UNC's Carolina Union and hosted at various venues across campus as well as the larger Chapel Hill and Carrboro community.

According to the Daily Tar Hell, the festival schedule was as follows:

Thursday, January 22, 1976: 12pm: Gallery display of traditional folk items in the Union's South Lounge; 1 and 3pm: Films, Spent it All and This World is Not My Home, in the Great Hall; 7:30pm: "Folksongs in Transition", a discussion and mini-concert led by Mike Seeger in the Great Hall

Friday, January 23, 1976: 11:30am: Informal music on the indoor Union balcony; 12:15pm: Cajun workshop led by Tommy Thompson in the Union South Lounge; 1pm: Banjo Workshop: "Black White Interchange" led by Tommy Thompson on the Union balcony; 2:30pm: dance workshop: Clogging and Country Dance in the Great Hall; 7:30pm: Concert with Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard, Tommy Jarrell, Big Chief Ellis and John Sephus, Red Clay Ramblers, Apple Chill Cloggers and the Balfa Brothers; 10pm: Festival party and informal jamming

Saturday, January 24, 1976: 1pm: Fiddle workshop "Introduction to Various Fiddle Styles" and "Rural Folk and Urban Apprentices" on the Union balcony; 2:30pm: Singing workshop led by Hazel [Dickens] and Alice [Gerrard] in the Union Music Gallery; 3pm: Blues workshop in the Union South Lounge; 3:30pm: Mini-fiddlers convention in the Great Hall; 7:30pm: Concert with Roberts & Barrand, peg Leg Sam, Alice and Hazel, Mike Seeger, Mt. Airy musicians, Balfa Brothers, Red Clay Ramblers, Green Grass Cloggers, Martin, Bogan and the Armstrongs

Sunday, January 25, 1976: 6:30 and 9pm: Films, Spent it All, This World is Not My Home, and premiere of Musical Holdouts by John Cohen in Great Hall.

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Audio recordings related to the 1976 Winter Folk Festival, a folk music festival held 20-24 January 1976 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The festival featured concerts, workshops, films, and jam sessions of folk music and traditions of the southern United States, including old-time, blues, Cajun, and string band music. Cecelia Conway and Jan Schochet, white graduate folklore students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conceived of the festival, which was sponsored by UNC's Carolina Union and hosted at various venues across campus as well as the larger Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. The collection includes recordings of concerts and workshops in dance, banjo, Cajun music, and fiddle, as well as an interview with one of the performers. Included are Cajun music from Louisiana; old-time country music from Lexington, Va.; blues from Union County, S.C.; blues piano from Alabama; blues guitar from Bowling Green, Va.; old-time country guitar music from Madison County, N.C.; traditional music from Orange County, N.C.; old-time country music from West Virginia and Virginia; ballads, Irish music, shape note singing, tale telling; and other performances. The recordings include performances by Tommy Jarrell, Dewey Balfa, Mike Seeger, Howard Armstrong, Peg Leg Sam (Arthur Jackson, 1911-1977), Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Fred Cockerham, the Red Clay Ramblers, Hazel Dickens, and Alice Gerrard, among others. Recordings are on 1/4" Open Reel Audio. It is unclear who created or donated the recordings to the Southern Folklife Collection, although white folklorist and performer Joan Fenton is credited for recording select items. The collection also contains supporting documentation prepared by former library staff, consisting of handwritten and typed tape logs and tape index. Tape logs include song titles and performer names when known.

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25 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Processing information: Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/390

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Cece Conway, Mike Seeger, Tony Barrand, John Roberts, John Forrest, Chris Delaney, Nimrod Workman, David Holt, Shelia Rice, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Craver, Alice Gerrard, Bill Hicks, Tommy Thompson, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 22 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/390

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/391

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring The Red Clay Ramblers, Great Hall of the Student Union, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 22 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/391

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/392

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger, Nimrod Workman, Tommy Jarrell, Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Red Clay Ramblers, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/392

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/393

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Red Clay Ramblers, Dewey Balfa Band, Apple Chill Cloggers, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/393

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/394

Winter Folk Festival: Singing workshop with John Roberts, Tony Barrand, D.L. Menard, Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Moss, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/394

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/395

Winter Folk Festival: Blues workshop with Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Peg Leg Sam, Student Union, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976: tape 1 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/395

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/396

Winter Folk Festival: Blues workshop with Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Peg Leg Sam, Student Union, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976: tape 2 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/396

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/397

Winter Folk Festival: Concert at Cat's Cradle featuring The Balfa Brothers, Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Ervin "Dick" Richard, Allie Young, Chapel Hill, N.C., 20 January 1976: tape 1 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/397

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/398

Winter Folk Festival: Concert at Cat's Cradle featuring The Balfa Brothers, Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Ervin "Dick" Richard, Allie Young, Chapel Hill, N.C., 20 January 1976: tape 2 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/398

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/399

Winter Folk Festival: Interview with Peg Leg Sam conducted by Allen Tullos, 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/399

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/410

Winter Folk Festival: Dance workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/410

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/411

Winter Folk Festival: Banjo workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/411

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/412

Winter Folk Festival: Banjo workshop, recorded by Joan Fenton, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/412

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/413

Winter Folk Festival: Banjo workshop, recorded by Joan Fenton, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 23 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/413

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/414

Winter Folk Festival: Cajun workshop, South Lounge, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/414

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/415

Winter Folk Festival: Fiddle workshop with Tommy Jarrell, Dewey Balfa, Dick Richard, Howard Armstrong, Mike Seeger, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976: tape 1 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/415

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/416

Winter Folk Festival: Fiddle workshop with Bill Hicks, Joe Thompson, Odell Thompson, Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger, Mac Benford, Fred Cockerham, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976: tape 2 of 2 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/416

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/417

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Tommy Thompson, John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Mike Seeger, Fred Cockerham, Barry Poss, Sharon Poss, Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/417

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/418

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Dick Richard, Allic Young, Shelia Rice, Ted Bogan, Carl Martin, Howard and Tom Armstrong, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/418

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-70088/419

Winter Folk Festival: Concert featuring Tommy Jarrell, Big Chief Ellis, John Cephas, Peg Leg Sam, Red Clay Ramblers, Green Grass Cloggers, Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill, N.C., 24 January 1976 #70088, Series: " Winter Folk Festival Recordings, 1976." FT-70088/419

1/4" Open Reel Audio

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, February 2021

Encoded by: Anne Wells, February 2021

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.

Archival processing of the Winter Folk Festival Recordings was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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