Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hellfire and banjoes

The last two clips from my fieldwork videos from 1988-91: Excerpt #14: Taped at a revival meeting at the Boiling Springs Baptist Church, Cherokee County. Unidentified preacher. I have many times used this clip as an illustration of oral narrative

Posted in banjo, old-time, preaching, revival meeting, sermon

When Suzy Was a Baby; 100 year old quilts

JCCFS fieldwork excerpt #4. (See other video posts below for more information). Segment #11: Martin’s Creek Elementary School third-graders demonstrate children’s folk rhyming game “When Suzy was a Baby.” Segment #12: I visited 94-year-old master quilter Blanche Conley Young, her

Posted in children, genealogy, hand-clapping, quilts, rhyming games

Mountain looms; shaped notes; split-oak baskets; bluegrass

Installment #3 of fieldwork from a three-year residency as a folklorist at the Campbell Folk School. Excerpt #8: Wilma Hatchett McNabb, at age 94 the winner of the 1990 North Carolina Folk Heritage Award. Mrs. McNabb had learned to weave

Posted in basketry, bluegrass, Georgia, gospel, loom, North Caroline, shape-note, shaped-note, singing convention, split-oak basket, Tennessee, weaving

Woodcarvers; left-handed fiddler; metal men; banjo-playing women

More video excerpts from fieldwork in western North Carolina, east-central Tennessee and north Georgia, 1988-91, while I was working on grants from the NEA and the NC Arts Council: Segment #5: Ray Mann, one of the original Brasstown Carvers, and

Posted in banjo, Brasstown Carvers, fiddle, finger-style, folk art, idiosyncratic, old-time, outsider art, sculpture, woodcarving, World's Fair

long-bow fiddler; culture worker; Leatherwood singers

This is the first of several video clips I’ll be posting, excerpts from fieldwork I did while folklorist-in-residence at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. All the original documentary materials from those years are archived at

Posted in Allen Eaton, Appalachia, Cherokee, Doris Ulmann, fiddle, fiddler, gospel singers, guitar, handicrafts, Manco Sneed, old-time, World's Fair

Singing and Praying Band in Kent Co., MD

From the Maryland Eastern Shore: photos from fieldwork on the Delmarva Peninsula in 2001: Mt. Olive AME Church, Kent County. The event was a reunion during revival week, and a visit from another Maryland church. This particular event was a

Posted in African American, Black, Eastern Shore, folklore, genealogy, gospel, history, Kent County, Maryland, praying, singing, singing and praying band

Fieldwork Photography from SC, 2000-2002

Here is a Picasa slideshow of photos from fieldwork I did over the course of a couple of years before I started working in Charlottesville in 2002. At the time, I was doing a lot of contract fieldwork, mostly for

Posted in churches, country, craft, dance, fieldwork, garba ras, gospel, Gujarati, hash, Mennonite, mill towns, music, norteno, parades, photography, quilts, woodcarving