Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Rediscover Northern Ireland 2008: I Am a Wee Weaver: Weaving and Singing in Northern Ireland Handloom weaving was dominated by men in 19th century Ireland. The Industrial Revolution changed that, enabling women to take the dominant role in the factory production of linen. In this talk, Maurice Leyden discusses the reasons for this historical shift, and the impact of this change on the traditions of singing and songwriting among weavers. To illustrate his lecture, Leyden sings songs composed by...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2008
  • Audio Recording
    North American Influence on a North Ireland Song Collection John Moulden, singer and author from Ulster, presented a lecture titled "North American Influence on a North Ireland Song Collection" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Included in his lecture was discussion of the Sam Henry Collection, the largest...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan Sands in Concert Tommy Sands, with his daughter Moya and son Fionan, performed in concert as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress. This event was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It is the main support for...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Rosie Stewart in Concert Rosie Stewart, a singer from Co. Fermanagh in Ireland, performed in concert, including "Adieu to Lovely Garrison," as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Francis McPeake Family Concert, May 16, 2007 From March through May 2007, scholars and artists gathered at the Library of Congress and other venues in and around Washington, DC, to present and promote Northern Irish arts and culture through the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme. The May events at the Library of Congress included an exciting and thought-provoking series of concerts and lectures and a special symposium. Together, they highlighted and focused...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    It's Of My Rambles..." A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster Len Graham presented a lecture titled "'It's Of My Rambles...' A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program. Graham explored the folk song tradition of his native Ulster. His talk was interspersed with live performances of songs in English on many themes, including early classic ballads, broadside ballads, and songs of love, politics, emigration and many...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video
    Daithi Sproule and Robert Watt Perform in Concert Singer and guitarist Daithi Sproule and Highland bagpiper Robert Watt perform in concert as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Flowing Tides: Musical Memory, History and Global Culture in County Clare, Ireland Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin discussed his book, "Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape."
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2017
  • Film, Video
    A Musical Demonstration by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen Flautist Gary Hastings and singer Brian Mullen present a concert and lecture as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2007
  • Film, Video
    Living and Building Between Tradition and Change: Vernacular Architecture in Northern Sweden Architect and folklorist Mats Widbom presented his research on the traditional building culture of Dalecarlia in Northern Sweden. In particular, he explored how the parstuga (double house) has been used and rebuilt over time in the parish of Lima. His research demonstrates that traditional culture, as expressed in architecture, is not something permanent; it need not have a particular appearance and derivation from the...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Dara Vallely & Anne Hart of Armagh Rhymers The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. Since a group of talented actors and musicians founded the Rhymers in the 1970s, they have delighted audiences at festivals, arts centers, theatres, and schools, throughout Ireland and around the world. Through music, storytelling and drama, they provide an experience that is entertaining, educational and...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
  • Film, Video
    Belfast's Linen Hall Library John Killen brings to life the collections of this unique Irish institution. The Linen Hall Library was envisioned as the archive of its community; its mission statement, written on 1 January 1795, outlines its goals: "The object of this society is the collection of an extensive Library, Philosophical Apparatus and such productions of Nature and Art as tend to improve the mind and excite...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2011
  • Film, Video
    The Billy McComiskey Family Band Oral History Billy McComiskey shares the history of the band and his music with the American Folklife Center's Steve Winick.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2016
  • Film, Video
    The Transformative Power of Storytelling: A Social Force for Social Change Kiran Singh Sirah discusses the power and artistry of storytelling as an ancient art form and as the world's oldest form of communication. He also discusses what he describes as one of the greatest community-building tools that we can use to foster, cultivate and strengthen peace and collaboration in our communities, and will also explore how we might collectively use new storytelling forms in...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2016
  • Film, Video
    Open Mic: Interview with Fiona Ritchie Nancy Groce interviews Scottish broadcaster Fiona Ritchie about her career on both sides of the Atlantic and her experiences researching "Wayfaring Stranger: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia."
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Brendan Carey Block: Cape Breton Fiddle Music from New Hampshire Brendan Carey Block, a multi-faceted fiddler from New Hampshire, performs with his father, Rich Block, on bass and Flynn Cohen on guitar.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2009
  • Film, Video
    Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 America's Upper Midwest is a distinctive region wherein a staggering array of indigenous, immigrant and enslaved peoples have collectively maintained, merged and modified their folk song traditions for more than two centuries. During the 1930s and 1940s, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax and Helene Stratman Thomas set up field studios in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video
    From the Mountains to the Sea: The Anne & Frank Warner Collection "From the Mountains to the Sea is a two-hour live presentation with multimedia, focusing on the Anne and Frank Warner collection, one of the great treasures in the American Folklife Center archives, 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...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2018
  • Film, Video
    Not the Same Old (Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States In the 1930s, Library of Congress fieldworkers recorded the folk music of non-English-speaking communities throughout the United States. There, they captured songs and styles that had died out in the lands of their birth, as well as emerging fusions of the ancient and modern. From the songs of a sacred Spanish mystery play performed in Texas to wild Polish wedding music played in Wisconsin,...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2006
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Jay Ungar and Molly Mason talk about their lives and music with folklorist Stephen Winick. Ungar and Mason are an American roots music duo based in New York's Catskill Mountains. They are best known for their work on the soundtrack of Ken Burns's PBS documentary series, "The Civil War." Ungar's composition "Ashokan Farewell" became the musical centerpiece of the Grammy-winning soundtrack and was nominated...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2020
  • Film, Video
    Dressing the Past: Civil War Reenactors, Williamsburg Historical Interpreters & Exploring American Identity Through Costume The periods of the American Revolution and the Civil War remain topics of pride and contention, subjects of popular writing, and inspiration for costumed performance. In 18th-century garments at Colonial Williamsburg and in 19th-century uniforms on Civil War battlefields, modern Americans celebrate the nation's history, and at the same time take the opportunity to air their political and cultural opinions while exploring significant aspects...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2016
  • Film, Video
    Sharp's Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis & Brian Peters Sharp's Appalachian Harvest is a special multimedia folk music presentation performed and researched by English folk musician Brian Peters and American old-time musician Jeff Davis. Their presentation is devoted to the astounding collection of songs and music made by English collectors Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918, one of the most extensive folk...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2015
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Iona Fyfe Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe is recognized as one of Scotland's finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Fyfe has been described by Global Music Magazine as "one of the best Scotland has to offer." She has performed extensively in...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2021
  • Film, Video
    John McCutcheon Interview John McCutcheon discusses his work as a musician, songwriter and collector of folksongs with the Library's Stephen Winick.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2018
  • Film, Video
    Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin Kate Brislin is a specialist in singing with others, a peerless blender. She was a founding member of the all female Any Old Time String Band in the 1970s. Tone and rhythm are paramount in the way she plays five-string banjo and guitar. Jody Stecher has been a soloist, a band member, an amateur folklorist, a record producer, an unusually enabling teacher, and an...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2021