Also featured in the
Spring edition of Smithsonian
- Recording Spotlight: Dan Milner
discussed the process of recording 19th-century ballads heard on the
new album Civil War Naval Songs
- Archive Spotlight: Watch newly
digitized footage of pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens
(1935-2011) performing at the 1978 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
for Teaching: Learn and teach about jazz with a new
interactive education website
- Video Spotlight: An introduction
to jazz music with music curator John Edward Hasse
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Free Folkways Evening Concerts – Mark Your Calendars!
Cimarrón wows the Festival audience
Saturday, July 2, 6pm –
Grupo Cimarrón will make its third Festival
appearance, performing the powerful, unbridled music from the upcoming
album ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia
(available by June 28 at folkways.si.edu).
del Vallenato gets the crowd moving
Saturday, July 9, 6pm –
Estrellas del Vallenato will perform
songs from the award-winning album ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's
Mitchell leads a family dance
Saturday, July 9, 6pm –
2011 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Suni
Paz, and Chip Taylor and the Grandkids
This evening of
family-friendly music is a tribute to Kate Rinzler. Elizabeth Mitchell recorded two
acclaimed albums for Smithsonian Folkways and will make her Festival
debut with Suni Paz, singing songs in English
and Spanish. Chip Taylor and the Grandkids performs songs from the
upcoming album Golden Kids Rules.
Each month we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the
subject "May Trivia" to SmithsonianFolkways_at_si_dot_edu by May 31,
2011, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a
free CD of his or her choice!
May Question: Bluegrass pioneer Hazel Dickens grew up in a mining
family in West Virginia and appeared in several films, including a 1987
film about a coal mine workers’ strike. What is the film?
Congratulations to last month's winner, Stefan from New Zealand,
who correctly answered “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!” to the
question: Union Admiral David Farragut, subject of the ballad “Farragut’s
Ball” from Civil War Naval Songs, shouted what famous order during
the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay? (Hint—the phrase was re-used for the title
of an acclaimed 1979 rock album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.)
new biography, I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill
Broonzy by Bob Reisman, is now available. Broonzy's recordings for Folkways
in the 1950s were reissued in recent years.
remember pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens (1935–2011).
Dickens recorded two albums for Folkways Records with Alice Gerrard,
the first of which, Who's That Knocking (1965), is one of the
first women-led bluegrass recordings. The albums were reissued as Pioneering Women of Bluegrass
remember artist and cowboy songster Harry Jackson (1924–2011), who
recorded the 1959 Folkways Records release The Cowboy: His Songs, Ballads and Brag
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