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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.
    • Date: 2018-09-20
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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.
    • Date: 2017-09-20
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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: Mesfin, Munit - Zekarias, Kumera - Tadesse, Besufekad - James, Frederick - Jones Blackford, Andrea - Tian, Chao - Razi, Thalib - Teasley, Tom - Negash, Habtamu - Heely, Sean
    • Date: 2019-08-21
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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.
    • Date: 2017-09-20
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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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    "The Rising Sun 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 Montreal, Canada in 2019. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Rondeau, Katherine - Lambert, Eric
    • Date: 2019-02-16
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    "Early in the Morning" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: The Barefoot Movement
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "I'm Going to Organize, Baby Mine" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Lightfoot, Terra
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "I Don't Want Your Millions, Mister" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Kahn, Si
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Join the C.I.O." 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Hayes, Piper
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Black Waters" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Dunn, Maria
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Song of Freedom" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "This Land is Your Land" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Las Cafeteras
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Pretty Boy Floyd" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Jencks, Joe
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Bottle Up and Go" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "As I Roved Out" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Doolin
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "The Mighty Rider" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Cofell, Dave
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Rock Island Line" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Bragg, Billy
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "The Avondale Mine Disaster" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Standalone, Amanda
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Ahi
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "I Ain't Got No Home in the World Any More" 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Grams Johnson, Leah
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Hungry Disgusted 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 in 2017. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: McCue, Anne
    • Date: 2017-02-18
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    "Samson and Delilah" 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 in 2018. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Cohen, Andy
    • Date: 2018-02-17
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    "Do Lord Remember Me" 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 in 2018. The showcase was recorded for this webcast....
    • Contributor: Good, Annie B
    • Date: 2018-02-17