Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    PIQSIQ: Inuit Style Throat Singing With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they endeavor to leave their listeners enthralled with the infinity of possible answers to the question "what is the meaning of life." With roots in Nunavut, the...
    • Contributor: Inuksuk Mackay, Kayley - Ayalik, Tiffany Kuliktana
    • Date: 2020-11-18
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Joe Jencks Joe Jencks talks about his life and his music with folklorist Stephen Winick.
    • Contributor: Jencks, Joe
    • Date: 2020-10-13
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Alasdair Fraser has long been regarded as one of the greatest Scottish fiddlers playing today. His duo with Californian cellist Natalie Haas has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello, incorporating driving rhythms and improvisation into their interpretation of Scottish melodies. In this interview they talk with folklorist Stephen Winick about their lives and their music.
    • Contributor: Haas, Natalie - Winick, Steve - Fraser, Alasdair
    • Date: 2020-10-13
  • Film, Video
    Changüí Majadero A concert of Cuban roots music by the California group Changüí Majadero.
    • Contributor: Changüí Majadero
    • Date: 2020-09-30
  • Film, Video
    Chum Ngek Chum Ngek plays traditional Cambodian music from Maryland.
    • Contributor: Ngek, Chum
    • Date: 2020-09-23
  • Film, Video
    Phil Wiggins Harmonica master Phil Wiggins plays blues and more from Maryland.
    • Contributor: Wiggins, Phil
    • Date: 2020-09-23
  • Film, Video
    Dom Flemons American songster Dom Flemons performs Black cowboy songs and more.
    • Contributor: Flemons, Dom
    • Date: 2020-09-16
  • Film, Video
    Reggie Harris Vocalist and storyteller Reggie Harris sings freedom songs and other songs of hope.
    • Contributor: Harris, Reggie
    • Date: 2020-09-09
  • Film, Video
    Si Kahn Singer and civil rights activist Si Kahn performs folk songs for Labor Day.
    • Contributor: Kahn, Si
    • Date: 2020-09-02
  • Film, Video
    Joe Jencks: Songs of Workers and Wanderers Singer-songwriter Joe Jencks performs songs about labor and working-class culture based on field recordings from the collections of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Jencks, Joe
    • Date: 2020-09-02
  • Film, Video
    Ann Yao Ann Yao performs cutting-edge interpretations of traditional material on the zheng, one of China's most ancient instruments.
    • Contributor: Yao, Ann
    • Date: 2020-08-26
  • Film, Video
    Eva Salina and Peter Stan Eva Salina and Peter Stan perform Serbian, Roma and Jewish songs.
    • Contributor: Salina, Eva - Stan, Peter
    • Date: 2020-08-26
  • Film, Video
    Carmen Agra Deedy Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy presents stories for the entire family.
    • Contributor: Deedy, Carmen Agra
    • Date: 2020-08-19
  • Film, Video
    Iona Fyfe Folk singer Iona Fyfe performs a concert of traditional music.
    • Contributor: Fyfe, Iona
    • Date: 2020-08-19
  • Film, Video
    Walter Parks Consumate guitarist Walter Parks performs a program of material based on field recordings from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Parks, Walter
    • Date: 2020-08-12
  • Film, Video
    Jay Ungar & Molly Mason American roots music duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, best known for their work on the soundtrack of Ken Burns's PBS documentary series, "The Civil War," including the original composition "Ashokan Farewell," which became the musical centerpiece of the Grammy-winning soundtrack, perform in concert.
    • Contributor: Mason, Molly - Ungar, Jay
    • Date: 2020-08-05
  • Film, Video
    Sean Ardoin Sean Ardoin performs his unique and authentic brand of American Creole music.
    • Contributor: Ardoin, Sean
    • Date: 2020-07-29
  • Film, Video
    Emma Björling & Petrus Johansson Emma Björling (vocals) is one of the foremost singers of Swedish folksongs performing today. She is a member of the bands Lyy and Skye Consort with Emma Björling, as well as vocal groups Kongero and Baravox. She has also toured extensively with the well-known Swedish folk band Ranarim. Björling has been singing in choirs since the age of six, and studied both jazz and...
    • Contributor: Björling, Emma - Johansson, Peter
    • Date: 2020-07-22
  • Film, Video
    Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Alasdair Fraser has long been regarded as one of the greatest Scottish fiddlers playing today. His duo with Californian cellist Natalie Haas has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello, incorporating driving rhythms and improvisation into their interpretation of Scottish melodies.
    • Contributor: Haas, Natalie - Fraser, Alasdair
    • Date: 2020-07-15
  • Film, Video
    Sihasin A performance by Sihasin, the musical duo of siblings Jeneda and Clayson Benally, award-winning musicians from the Diné Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.
    • Contributor: Benally, Clayson - Benally, Jeneda - Sihasin
    • Date: 2020-07-08
  • Film, Video
    John McCutcheon For this concert, American folksinger John McCutcheon performs songs from the collections of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, including his own.
    • Contributor: McCutcheon, John
    • Date: 2020-07-01
  • Film, Video
    Riley Family Band Grammy-winning musician Steve Riley is a widely acclaimed master of the Cajun accordion. He began his musical career at seven, growing up in Mamou, Louisiana. As a teenager he honed his craft as a student of Dewey Balfa, touring and playing throughout south Louisiana with Dewey until his death in 1992. For the past 31 years, Steve and his renowned group, the Mamou Playboys,...
    • Contributor: Riley Family Band
    • Date: 2020-06-24
  • Film, Video
    Les Filles de Illighadad: Tuareg Music & Song from Niger A concert by Les Filles de Illighadad, a Nigerien band reclaiming the importance of this forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar and asserting the power of women to innovate using the roots of traditional Tuareg music. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and self-taught guitarist of Les Filles de Illighadad, is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. In Tuareg society, woman have traditionally...
    • Contributor: Madassane Alkika, Abdoulay - Ahmadelher, Fitimata - Seidi Ghali, Fatou - Akirwini, Alamnou
    • Date: 2019-09-19
  • Film, Video
    NEA Heritage Fellow Concert: Las Tesoros de San Antonio A concert by Las Tesoros de San Antonio, a group of elder women performers who teamed up to preserve Mexican and bicultural musical expressions through their singing and storytelling. Through the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Janet "Perla Tapatia" Cortez, Beatriz "La Paloma del Norte" Llamas, Blanquita "Blanca Rosa" Rodriguez, and Rita "La Calandria" Vidaurri teamed up as the group Las...
    • Contributor: Llamas, Beatriz "la Paloma Del Norte" - Rodriguez, Blanca "blanquita Rosa"
    • Date: 2019-09-18
  • Film, Video
    Jones Benally Family Dancers: Navajo Traditional Dance The Jones Benally Family Dancers sign, chant and perform a repertoire of over 20 traditional Navajo dances. They are particularly well known for the hoop dance, in which they evoke traditional figures and shapes using five, nine, a dozen or many more hoops. Navajo dance is a sacred tradition encompassing a wide variety of forms, all of which aim to heal the body, mind...
    • Contributor: Benally, Dyatihi - Benally, Clayson - Benally, Jeneda - Benally, Jones - Benally, Deezchill
    • Date: 2019-09-10