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    The Beehive Band The Beehive Band perform traditional Mormon string band music from Utah as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.
    • Contributor: The Beehive Band - Beehive Band - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2008-04-24
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    Folk Music from the Slovak Mountains The fujara is the largest member of the overtone flute family. It developed in the seclusion of the Slovakian mountains, and, until recently, was barely known outside Slovakia. Even today, only a small number of traditional musicians play the instrument, and only a handful of craftsmen know how to make it. However, since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the fujara has been "discovered"...
    • Contributor: Rychlik, Bohuslav - Rychlik, Bob - Library of Congress. Music Division - American Musical Instrument Society - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-05-27
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    Facing the Music: Traditional Culture and Copyright To what extent should copyright law protect the use and exploitation of traditional culture belonging to indigenous communities? Today's copyright law sadly overlooks and, arguably, discriminates against the interests of the authors of indigenous or traditional musical works - including folk music. As a single example, copyright law asserts that a work must, in effect, be written down for it to be copyrightable; this...
    • Contributor: Bachner, Bryan - Bachner, Bryan S. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-05-31
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    Marimba Linda Xelaju: Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland Marimba Linda Xelaju performs traditional Guatemalan marimba.
    • Contributor: Xelaju, Marimba Linda - Marimba Linda Xelajú (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-09-15
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    'The High Lonesome Sound' Revisited: Documenting Traditional Culture in America In the early 1960s, the multitalented musician, filmmaker, and photographer John Cohen journeyed to eastern Kentucky to document the songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers, and the rural community that produced and sustained their uniquely American sound. The result was "The High Lonesome Sound," a classic 1963 documentary film than evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachian people maintain their dignity and traditions...
    • Contributor: Cohen , John - Cohen, John - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-06-11
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    Traditional Turkish & Bulgarian Instrumental & Vocal Music Turkish and Bulgarian vocalists and instrumentalists Tzvety Weiner, Valeri Georgiev & Varol Saatcioglu share their traditional music.
    • Contributor: Various - Weiner, Tzvety Dosseva - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2014-03-05
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    Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory: Cajun Music from Louisiana Marce Lacouture, David Greely, and Kristi Guillory perform traditional Cajun music at the Library of Congress. This concert is part of the Homegrown Concert Series, presented by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Lacouture, Marce - Greely, David - Guillory, Kristi - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-06-23
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    Les Bon Hommes Du Nord: French-Canadian Fiddle Music & Songs from New Hampshire Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux present a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. They will be joined by Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer. All four musicians hail from the northernmost area of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Canadian border, across which people and cultural influences have flowed steadily over the last hundred years or more. The fiddle, accordion, and...
    • Contributor: Ross, Patrick Richard - Theroux, Jean Nil - Binette, Dalton - Thayer, Bow - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012-08-08
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    Sheila Kay Adams North Carolina musician and storyteller Sheila Kay Adams performs.
    • Contributor: Adams , Sheila Kay - Adams, Sheila Kay - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2017-04-19
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    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: Sands, Tommy - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-10-09
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    Andrea Hoag & Loretta Kelley: Swedish & Norwegian Fiddling A tour of Norwegian and Swedish fiddle styles with Andrea Hoag (violin) and Loretta Kelley (violin & Hardingfele/Hardanger fiddle). Andrea Hoag and Loretta Kelley are among the United States' foremost performers of Scandinavian traditional music. Each of them has spent years studying with tradition-bearers in Scandinavia, and honing their own techniques at home.
    • Contributor: Hoag, Andrea - Kelley, Loretta - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2015-02-18
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    Daniel Boucher & Friends: Traditional French-Canadian Fiddle Music from Connecticut Fiddler and singer Daniel Boucher is accompanied by guitarist Ray Pelletier, guitarist and fiddler George Wilson, and fiddler/stepdancer Glenn Bombardier of the Beaudoin family.
    • Contributor: Boucher, Daniel - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-08-17
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    Tony Ellis & the Musicians of Braeburn In this concert in the Library's "Homegrown" series, Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn play traditional banjo and stringband music from Ohio.
    • Contributor: Ellis, Tony - Musicians of Braeburn - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-06-22
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    Margaret MacArthur Margaret MacArthur performs ballads and songs from Vermont, another in the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Macarthur, Margaret - Beck, Jane C. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2005-06-21
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    McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia The McIntosh County Shouters perform Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout at a concert at the Library.
    • Contributor: McIntosh County Shouters - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage - McIntosh County Shouters (Musical Group)
    • Date: 2010-12-02
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    Harmonia: Music of the Danube to the Carpathians from Ohio Harmonia presents traditional folk music of Eastern Europe, ranging from the Danube to the Carpathians. Its repertoire reflects the cultures of this region: Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romanian, Croatian and Gypsy. Performed on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn-of-the-century eastern-European Gypsy bands, their music is drawn from both the urban and rural traditions of eastern Europe. The musicians come from varied eastern-European backgrounds; in...
    • Contributor: Harmonia (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2013-07-11
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    Cantos de mi canton (Songs from My Home): Chicano Music from California In a concert in celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, Agustin Lira and Alma & Quetza perform.
    • Contributor: Lira, Agustín - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-09-14
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    Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps Ben Payton's voice resonates with a passion for life and his skills as a guitarist evoke the tradition of the original Delta blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Charley Patton and Son House. He performs with Steve Chester on rhythm guitar, Cyndi Clark on conga drums and Kindrick Hart on electric bass.
    • Contributor: Payton, Ben - Payton, Ben Wiley - Thundering Harps (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-05-25
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    Amuma Says No: Traditional and Contemporary Basque Music from Idaho Amuma Says No plays Basque music in a concert at the Library of Congress
    • Contributor: Amuma Says No - Gambliel, Maria Carmen - Amumu Says No (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-07-14
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    Dale Ann Bradley Band Dale Ann Bradley performs some of her compositions together with a tribute to Jean Ritchie and examples of traditional bluegrass songs from Kentucky found in Library of Congress collections.
    • Contributor: Bradley, Dale Ann - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2016-12-07
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    Old Cultures/New Contexts: Presenting the Traditional Music and Dance of Urban Immigrant Communities Ethnographer and performer Ethel Raim, co-founder and artistic director of New York's celebrated Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), discusses her five decades of work with community-based traditional artists in urban America. Beginning at a time when to most Americans "folk music" was practically synonymous with rural and Anglo-Saxon, Raim built on her own interests in Balkan music and dance to document and...
    • Contributor: Raim, Ethel - Groce, Nancy - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-06-20
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    Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers and Folk Music Authenticity The New Lost City Ramblers were pioneers in the old-time music revival that paralleled the great folk music boom of the 1960s. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley (later replaced by Tracy Schwarz) were city-born and suburban-bred folk musicians who specialized in recreating the sounds of rural southern stringband and early bluegrass music at a time when the folk music scene was dominated...
    • Contributor: Allen, Ray - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011-09-08
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    Open Mic: A Conversation with David Bromberg David Bromberg's genre-defying performance style and eclectic repertoire make him a great example of an outstanding artist who draws upon both tradition and personal creativity to captivate contemporary audiences. His second and equally successful career as a luthier (violin maker) and musical instrument expert will also be an important part of the conversation.
    • Contributor: Bromberg, David - Groce, Nancy - Ward-Bamford, Carol Lynn - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division
    • Date: 2014-03-31
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    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: Francis McPeake Family - McPeake, Francis - O'Kane, Sean - Forde, Mairead - McPeake Family (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland. Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure
    • Date: 2007-05-16
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    Negrura Peruana Negrura Peruana perform Afro-Peruvian music and dance from Connecticut, another in the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Peruana, Negrura - Negrura Peruana (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Institute for Community Research (Hartford, Conn.)
    • Date: 2005-10-12