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    Conversation: Folklife Archives Challenge 2017 Folklorist Jennifer Cutting interviews several artists who performed in the "Archives Challenge" series, where an array of different folk musicians are asked to learn material from archives of the American Folklife Center and perform it in a special showcase. Interviewees inclulded Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Sam Gleaves, Dom Flemons, Seth Kibel, Sean Lane, Cissa Paz, Fernando Saci, Phil Wiggins and Ian Walter.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2017
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    Folklife Archives Challenge Concert 2018 A variety of Washington D.C.-area folk musicions perform material taken from the collections of the American Folklife Center. The Center has been organizing these "Archive Challenges," at the annual Folk Alliance International conference. This year, artists Jaimeo Brown, Huda Asfour & Kamyar Arsani, Elena & Los Fulanos, and the Ship's Company Chanteymen performed works from the archives in a special showcase.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2018
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    Folklife Archives Challenge Concert 2019 For this edition of its Archives Challenges series, the American Folklife Center has invited several distinguished artists to dig into its archives and put their own creative stamps on the songs they find here. Established at the Library in 1928, the Archive of Folk Culture contains everything from the first wax cylinder recordings of Native American song, to John and Alan Lomax's pioneering disc-era...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Folklife Archives Challenge Concert 2017 A variety of Washington D.C.-area folk musicions perform material taken from the Lomax Collection and other collections of the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2017
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    Homegrown Plus Four: The 2018 Archive Challenge Sampler Concert   In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with one that fell through the cracks for a while: the 2018 Archive Challenge Sampler concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. Today is …
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2021-09-20
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    Homegrown Plus: John McCutcheon Takes the Archive Challenge! In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. We’re continuing the series with John McCutcheon, an American folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. McCutcheon is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and in the concert displayed jaw-dropping proficiency on guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, jawharp, piano, body percussion, and...
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2020-05-11
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    Archive Fans Take the Challenge! About a month ago we introduced the idea of taking the archive challenge from home. This blog will update you with some examples of our fans who have taken the challenge, with an eye toward inspiring you to take the challenge yourself.
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2020-06-10
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    "The Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday": Songs Of Hope In A Time Of Fear This guest post by Jennifer Cutting is part of a series of blog posts highlighting performances by contemporary artists at special “Archive Challenge” showcase stages, both at the Folk Alliance International conference, and at the Library of Congress as part of the Homegrown concert series. (Find all entries in the series here!) In both of …
    • Contributor: Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2020-05-13
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    "The Dying Cowboy" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features singer-songwriter John Wort...
    • Contributor: Wort Hannam, John
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Midnight Special" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Dimes, Jamie-Lee
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "Nottamun Town" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features Portland, Oregon folk...
    • Contributor: Aubert, Dan - George, Ian
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    Country Blues / "Low Down Dirty Dog Blues" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Lamont "Jack Dappa Blues" Pearley
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Deep Ellum Blues" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features singer-songwriter Dan Weber...
    • Contributor: Weber, Dan
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Devil Got My Woman" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features singer and guitarist...
    • Contributor: Wininger, Elly
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Which Side Are You On?" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Navarro, Dan
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Love Is Teasing" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Aines, Ernest
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Windred-Wornes, Mabel - Windred-Wornes, Ivy
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "Lil Liza Jane" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Crosby Lee, Jordan - Hildebran Lee, Jodi
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "Creek Lullaby" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features Boston, Massachusetts singer-songwriter...
    • Contributor: Hopkins, Thea
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "The Music of Healing" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features Clare Sands, a...
    • Contributor: Sands, Clare
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    Wild Mountain Thyme The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2022. This video features Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter...
    • Contributor: Howe, Alice
    • Date: 2023-04-21
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    "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Mehuman
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "Traverse City" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Bernard, Seth
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Sures, Ben
    • Date: 2023-05-01
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    "The White Fisher" The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress challenged musical artists to interpret material from its unparalleled archive of ethnographic recordings of traditional folk music. Artists were asked to put their own spin on these archival treasures, and to perform them at a special showcase during the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri in 2023. The showcase was recorded for this...
    • Contributor: Fyfe, Iona - Hendey, Adam
    • Date: 2023-05-01