American Folklife Center (AFC) - Includes over three million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images. It consists of documentation of traditional culture from all around the world including the earliest field recordings made in the 1890s on wax cylinder through recordings made using digital technology. AFC is America's first national archive of traditional life, and one of the oldest and largest of such repositories in the world.
Also see Collections & Research Services: The Archive of Folk Culture and Folk Music and Song.
American Folklore Society (AFS) - An association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. More than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work.
Aunt Molly Jackson - Influential American folk singer and a union activist. In the mid 1930s, she performed in New York City together with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Earl Robinson, Will Geer, her half-brother Jim Garland, and her half-sister Sarah Ogan Gunning. Also here.
ezFolk.com - Instructional site for banjo, folk guitar, ukulele, and harmonica. The site contains hundreds of pages of tablature and tutorials as well as the ezFolk Link Directory, with links to over 2500 music sites.
Folklife Today - A blog for people interested in folklore, folklife, and oral history. Maintained by the Library of Congress.
Folkstreams - A national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.
Journal of American Folklore - The quarterly journal of the American Folklore Society since the Society's founding in 1888, publishes scholarly articles, essays, notes, and commentaries directed to a wide audience, as well as separate sections devoted to reviews of books, exhibitions and events, films and videotapes, sound recordings, and web sites.
Sis Cunningham and here - In the 1930s Agnes helped organize the Red Dust Players, an agitprop theater group, whose members presented short plays promoting political agitation and propaganda. The Red Dust Players performed at union meetings throughout the Oklahoma countryside to educate farm workers, sharecroppers, and tenant farmers on ways in which the union could better their lives.
Smithsonian Folkways Collection - Also see "The Folkways Collection," a podcast series of 24 one-hour programs that explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records. The series was produced by CKUA Radio in Alberta, Canada and originally aired in 1999.
Songs for Political Action - The 10 compact disc box set, assembled by folk song authorities Ron Cohen and Dave Samuelson, contains nearly 300 songs recorded from 1926 to 1953. The complete works of the Almanac Singers, and many rare and unissued tracks of Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Earl Robinson and other legendary peoples songsters are among the many highlights of this comprehensive set. From the only known recordings of Charles and Ruth Seeger to soundtruck recordings made for the 1948 Henry Wallace presidential campaign, this collection will be the definitive reference for this era in folk music history. A beautifully done hard bound book, with photos and lyrics for all the songs accompanies the 10 disc set.
The Be Good Tanyas - Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and Samantha Parton; three women with gorgeous, haunting and plaintive voices accompanied by rustic, sparse and soulful instrumentation, high lonesome harmonies, and intelligent song-writing.
Unthanks, The - Known for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest, young storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other. Influenced as much by the minimalist eccentricity of Steve Reich, Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis, as they are by their Geordie native North East England, back home The Unthanks have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk band in modern history.
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