Cosponsored by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and FSGW, “From the Mountains to the Sea” is a multimedia presentation focusing on the Anne and Frank Warner collection — one of the great treasures in the American Folklife Center archive, containing a wealth of material collected by the husband-and-wife team of folklorists from 1938 to 1966 as they traveled through rural America in search of old songs. This important collection contains such seminal field recordings as North Carolina farmer Frank Proffitt’s rendition of the murder ballad Tom Dooley, adapted and recorded in 1958 by The Kingston Trio to win the first Grammy in country music and set off the folk boom of the 1960s. Frank Warner was also a popular folksinger, and the Warners’ sons, Jeff and Gerret, got their start as musicians backing up their dad on his recordings and performances; they have been renowned performing musicians for more than 50 years, and Jeff was a faculty member at the fourth annual Youth Traditional Song Weekend cosponsored by FSGW. At the Library of Congress, Mumford Room (6th floor of the Madison Building). Free. Info: 202-707-1743.
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