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Homegrown Concert Series Online Archive

Homegrown 2015 posterAll of the materials from the Homegrown Concerts are available to visitors in the Folklife Reading Room. Select on the year of the concert or the name of the performer or group to read the full descriptions and to access any additional materials that may be available online. Concert webcasts are available online except as noted.

The American Folklife Center's Homegrown concert series presents the very best of traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States. The nine monthly concerts each year are free of charge, and are presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library's historic Coolidge Auditorium. One of goals of the series is to bring the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the Capitol.  To make sure that we are getting the very best artists from all regions of the country, we work closely with state folklorists in each state, who advise us on artists and styles of performance that are important in their regions.  The Center also works with several other areas of the Library, as well as the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center,External Link to stage this series of concerts. 

In addition to being a series of concerts for the public to enjoy, the Homegrown series is also an important acquisitions project for the Center. The Library of Congress has been documenting traditional music by staging and recording performances since the 1930s, when Alan Lomax recorded Jelly Roll Morton in the Coolidge Auditorium, and many other musicians in the Library's recording lab.  This has resulted in a great number of high-quality recordings in the American Folklife Center archive.  The Homegrown concerts are also documented and become part of the permanent collections of the Library of Congress for future generations to enjoy and study.

All concerts are free of charge and do not require tickets for admission. For the current schedule of Homegrown Concerts, go to the Homegrown Concerts from the American Folklife Center page.

2020 Events

Live! In the Archive: Lone Piñon Duo Jordan Wax and Tanya Nuñez of Lone Piñon perform in the American Folklife Center Reading Room, including some of their interpretations of songs that they found during their research in the center's archive. (Webcast at the link Running time 21:20:00)

2019 Concert Series

Les Filles de Illighadad: Tuareg Music and Song from Niger, September 19, 2019

2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows: Las Tesoros de San Antonio: Tejano Singers from San Antonio, TX, September 18, 2019

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam: Klezmer led by Howard Ungar and Seth Kibel, September 12, 2019 (no webcast)

Jones Benally Family Dancers: Navajo (Diné) Traditional Dance from Arizona, September 10, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Archive Challenge Sampler Concert, 2019, August 21, 2019

The Murphy Beds: Irish Music from New York, August 15, 2019 (concert and oral history)

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam: Bluegrass led by Dudley Connell and Akira Otsuka, August 10, 2019 (no webcast)

Lakota John Locklear: Slide Guitar Blues from North Carolina, August 7, 2019 (concert and oral history)

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam: Songster led by Dom Flemons, August 3, 2019 (no webcast)

Cedric Watson: Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Music from Texas, July 25, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Los Cenzontles: Mexican American Folk Music from California, June 25, 2019

Suliko: 10-Member Traditional Georgian Singing Ensemble Pop-up Concert, June 11, 2019 (no webcast)

Eva Salina and Peter Stan: Serbian Roma Music, May 16, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Cora Harvey Armstrong: African American Gospel from Virginia, May 9, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Mokoomba: Afro-Fusion Music from Zimbabwe, April 15, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Alash Ensemble: Music from the Republic of Tuva, March 27, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Vishtèn: Acadian music from Prince Edward Island, March 21, 2019 (concert and oral history)

Other 2019 Events

Veterans History Project Art Showcase: Occupational Poetry As a part of a Veterans History Project art showcase, a panel of occupational poets read and discussed their work. Occupational poetry is a category of verbal art in the form of folk poetry that is anchored in communities of work, often manifesting in the everyday settings of jobs and employment. Folklore scholarship and fieldwork has focused on the poetic traditions within a narrow range of occupational roles, including miners, commercial fishers, veterans and cowboys. Jerry Brooks, Meezie Hermansen, Bill Jones, and Vess Quinlan; moderated by John Fenn. Running time 01:27:46 Also on Library of Congress YouTube.

2018 Concert Series

Eddie Bond and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters: Old-time Appalachian fiddling from Virginia, September 26, 2018 (concert)

Archive Challenge Sampler Concert, September 20, 2018 (concert)

John McCutcheon: Traditional folk music from the AFC Archive, September 12, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Stepping Back in Time: Storytelling with Connie Regan-Blake and Barbara Freeman, September 6, 2018 (concert and two oral histories)

Grupo Rebolú: Afro-Colombian Music from New York, August 8, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Lone Piñon: Acoustic Conjunto from New Mexico, August 1, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Jeff and Gerret Warner: From the Mountains to the Sea: The Anne and Frank Warner Collection, July 20, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Newpoli: Traditional Italian Music and Song from Massachusetts, July 12, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Onnik Dinkjian: The Soul of Dikranagerd: Armenian music and song from New Jersey, July 3, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Folks of Bengal: Traditional song, music, and visual art from Bengal, India, June 29, 2018 (concert)

Al. Spendiaryan Qanon Ensemble: Traditional Armenian qanon music, June 26, 2018 (concert)

Mdou Moctar: Guitar trio from Niger, May 10, 2018 (concert)

Professor Horn’s Punch & Judy Show, May 2, 2018 (lecture, "Punch and Judy in America," and oral history with Mark Walker)

Sattriya Dance Company with the Dancing Monks of Assam Traditional Dance from Assam, India. April 19, 2018 (concert and oral history)

Additional 2018 Music Events

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam (Blues with Phil Wiggins), September 29, 2018 (no webcast)

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam and Mini-Concert (Ballads), August 10 2018 (no webcast of the event. Oral history with Bobby McMillon available.)

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam (Irish), July 28, 2018 (no webcast)

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam (Old-Time), July 7, 2018 (no webcast)

2017 Concert Series

The Fairfield Four, September 28, 2017 (concert and oral history)

Archive Challenge Sampler Concert, September 20, 2017 (concert)

Eva Ybarra, the "Queen of the Accordion," and Her Band, September 13, 2017 (concert)

Ledward Kaapana: Master Slack Key Guitar Player from Hawaii, July 5, 2017 (concert and oral history)

BeauSoleil Quartet: Cajun Music from Louisiana, June 28, 2017 (concert and oral history)

Cambodian-American Heritage Dancers with Chum Ngek Ensemble, May 25, 2017 (concert and oral history)

Jayme Stone’s Folklife, May 4, 2017 (concert and oral history)

Sheila Kay Adams: Musician and Storyteller from North Carolina, April 19, 2017 (concert and oral history)

Dance Battle with Urban Artistry, February 22, 2017 (concert)

2016 Concert Series

The Dale Ann Bradley Band, December 7, 2016

Artemio Posadas: Mexican music and dance from California, September 28, 2016

Gabriel Muñoz and Melodias Borinqueñas: Puerto Rican Folk Music from New Jersey, September 22, 2016

Yvette Landry Trio: Cajun Music and Louisiana Honky-Tonk, September 7, 2016

Rahim AlHaj Trio: Middle Eastern Music from New Mexico, July 28, 2016

The Legendary Ingramettes: African American Gospel Music from Virginia, July 21, 2016

NOKA: Basque Song and Music from California, July 6, 2016

Billy McComiskey with Family and Friends: Irish Traditional Music and Dance from Maryland, June 28, 2016

Nakotah LaRance: Native American Hoop Dancing, May 18, 2016

Soumya Chakraverty and Devapriya Nayak: Traditional Hindustani Music from Virginia, May 6, 2016

Esma Redzepova & Folk Masters: Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian Music, April 20, 2016

Carmen Agra Deedy and Karla Campillo-Soto: Lado a Lado (Side by Side): Contemporary Latin American Storytelling, April 7, 2016

Cheick Hamala Diabate Ensemble, March 23, 2016

The Anchiskhati Ensemble: with Ethnomusicologist Dr. John A. Graham, March 10, 2016

Note: An Oral History Interview with Anuradha Nehru by Catherine H. Kerst (Kalanidhi Dance Company founder Anuradha Nehru talks about the Indian classical dance form Kuchipudi) Recorded November 11, 2016, (Also on Library of Congress YouTube ), is related to a performance by Kalanidhi Dance Traditional Kuchipudi Dance from Maryland that took place on August 14, 2013.

2015 Concert Series

Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Featuring the Down Hill Strugglers and John Cohen, September 25, 2015

Sones de México Ensemble: Mexican American Music & Dance from Chicago, September 16, 2015

"Corridos: The Story of a Mexican Ballad Tradition about Outlaws and Heroes" and Corrido (Tragic Ballad) Songwriting Workshop, both presented by Juan Díes. September 15, 2015

The Legacy of Ola Belle Reed: Featuring David Reed, Hugh Campbell, and Other Friends and Family, September 9, 2015

Creole United: African American Creole Music from Louisiana, July 29, 2015

Sharp's Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters, July 13, 2015

Peruvian Marinera Dance with Marinera Viva!!! June 30, 2015

Ara Dinkjian and Zulal: Traditional Armenian Music and Song, May 28, 2015

Bing Xia: Traditional Chinese Guzheng Music. May 21, 2015

The Sherman Holmes Project with Brooks Long and Phil Wiggins, April 15, 2015

Lubana Al Quntar & Kenan Adnawi | Traditional Music and Song from Syria March 25, 2015

The Royal Harmonizers March 18, 2015

Andrea Hoag & Loretta Kelley | Swedish and Norwegian Fiddling February18, 2015

The Western Flyers: Classic Western Swing, Hot Jazz & Swing Standards, Toe Tapping Cowboy Songs and Electrifying Old-time Fiddle Tunes, February 5, 2015

Additional 2015 Music Events

Folk Alliance Lomax Challange February 21, 2015
To mark the 100th birthday of influential folklorist and musician Alan Lomax (1915-2002), who collected songs from musicians like Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Aunt Molly Jackson and Woody Guthrie, Folk Alliance International joined the American Folklife Center to create the Lomax Challenge. Folk Alliance members chose collected by Lomax from the collections of the center and performed their versions on the Alan Lomax Centennial Stage at Folk Alliance's conference in Kansas City. This link will call up a list of the 2015 Lomax Challange videos. Each video is about 4-9 minutes long. More information about some of these videos can be found in blog posts in Folklife Today on "Lomax Challenge Videos" by Stephen Winick.

The Legacy of Ola Belle Reed: Concert, Dave Reed, Hugh Campbell, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, September 9, 2017. Running time 01:06:47. This was part of the Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line symposium.

2014 Concert Series

Kevin Doyle: Irish Step Dance, September 18, 2014

Son Jarocho Master Musicians: César Castro, Artemio Posadas, and Luis Sarimientos September 11, 2014

The Quebe Sisters Band: Texas Fiddling and Swing, August 20, 2014

Carlos Núñez: Galician Bagpipes and Flutes, August 19, 2014

Phil Wiggins and Friends: Acoustic Blues and Dance from Maryland, August 6, 2014

Sounds of Korea: Traditional Music and Dance from New York, July 23, 2014

Winyo: Benga and Traditional Music from Kenya, July 1, 2014

Gerdan | Kaleidoscope of World Music, Musical traditions of Ukraine, May 22, 2014

Spyros Koliavasilis and Karpouzi Trio: Music from Greece and Asia Minor, May 7, 2014

Torcuato Zamora: Flamenco guitar with dancers from Furia Flamenco, April 23, 2014

Dr. Nader Majd and Farshid Mahjour: Persian Classical music, April 16, 2014

Amadou Kouyate: Traditional Music of Senegal and Mali, March 26, 2014 (webcast forthcoming)

Tzvetelina Dosseva Weiner, Valeri Georgiev, and Varol Saatcioglu: Traditional Turkish and Bulgarian instrumental and vocal music, March 5, 2014

2013 Concert Series

Flory Jagoda and Friends: The Celebration Concert (Sephardic music and songs from Virginia), September 21, 2013

Los Texmaniacs Traditional Conjunto Dance music from Texas, September 11, 2013

Kalanidhi Dance: Traditional Kuchipudi Dance from Maryland, August 14, 2013

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers R&B and Gospel from Kentucky, August 7, 2013

Harmonia: Music of the Danube to the Carpathians from Ohio, July 11, 2013

Libaya Baba: Garifuna Music and Dance from California and New York, July 2, 2013

An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble: Klezmer and other Yiddish music from New York, June 25, 2013

2012 Concert Series

Mariano Gonzalez y sus Invitados Especiales (Mariano Gonzalez and his Special Guests): Paraguayan Folk Harp Ensemble from Nevada, September 26, 2012

Los Tres Reyes: Mexican Trío Romántico from Texas, September 13, 2012 (webcast forthcoming)

The Singing and Praying Band: African American A Capella Sacred Music from Delaware and Maryland, August 23, 2012

Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor: Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music from Kanawha County, West Virginia, August 16, 2012

Les Bon Hommes Du Nord: Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux, with Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer:
French-Canadian Fiddle Music & Songs from New Hampshire
, August 8, 2012

Ruže Dalmatinke: Traditional Croatian Singing from Washington State, July 18, 2012

Unukupukupu Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai'i Community College, Hilo, Hawai'i, June 26, 2012

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole Upper Louisiana French Creole Music from Missouri, June 21, 2012

2011 Concert Series

Agustín Lira and Alma & Quetzal: Cantos de mi cantón (Songs from My Home) Chicano Music from California, September 14, 2011

Sophia Bilides with Mal Barsamian and Mike Gregian Traditional Greek Smyrneika music from Massachusetts, August 24, 2011

Daniel Boucher and Friends Traditional French-Canadian fiddle music from Connecticut, August 17, 2011

Ann Yao Trio Traditional Chinese Zheng Music from Florida, July 27, 2011

Kiu Haghighi with Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh: Persian Santour and Tombak Music from Illinois, July 20, 2011

Tim Tingle and D.J. Battiest-Tomasi: Oklahoma Choctaw Storytellers and Flute Players, June 29, 2011

Tony Ellis, Banjo Master from Ohio With the Musicians of Braeburn, June 22, 2011

Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps, May 25, 2011

2010 Concert Series

The McIntosh County Shouters — Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia, December 2, 2010

Carlos Nakai — American Indian Flute Music from Arizona, November 17, 2010

The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band — Bluegrass from Indiana, October 13, 2010

Marimba Linda Xelajú: Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland, September 15, 2010

Steve Meisner and Friends: Milwaukee-Slovenian Style Polka from Wisconsin, August 25, 2010

Amuma Says No: Traditional and Contemporary Basque Music from Idaho, July 14, 2010

Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory: Cajun Music from Louisiana, June 23, 2010

New North Carolina Ramblers — Old-Time Stringband Music, May 19, 2010 (webcast forthcoming)

Balla Kouyaté and World Vision — Traditional Malian Music from Massachusetts, April 28, 2010

Other 2010 Concerts:

Sibirskaya Vechora presented music and dance from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. October 12, 2010 (No webcast)

2009 Concert Series

The Berntsons — Traditional Norwegian-American Dance Music from Virginia, December 3, 2009

Barbara Lynn and Friends — Texas Rhythm & Blues, November 18, 2009

Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski and Cowboy Singer-Composer Wylie Gustafson from Montana, October 7, 2009

Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin — Traditional Passamaquoddy Music from Maine. September 16, 2009

Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends — Northern Indian Vina Music from Oregon. August 20, 2009

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers — Quartet Style A Capella Gospel Music from Kentucky, July 16, 2009

Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac — Aztec Dance Ensemble from Pennsylvania, June 18, 2009

Brendan Carey Block and Friends — Cape Breton Fiddle Music from New Hampshire, (Brendan is accompanied by his father, Rich Block, on bass and by Flynn Cohen on guitar) May 28, 2009

Other 2009 Concerts:

Legends and Legacies Concert: Concert celebrating Joseph T. Wilson and the Acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection, coordinated and produced by NCTA (this link goes directly to the webcast. Includes performances by Jerry Douglas, Tom Mauchahty-Ware, Thomas Ware, III, Chester Tieyah, Jr., Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, Mick Moloney, Josh Dukes, Phil Wiggins, Corey Harris, and the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters. This concert forms part of the symposium and events. To view information for all the events go to Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore.

Korean Culture Art Program and Concert (this link goes directly to the webcast; running time 1:39:32). October 29, 2009. A concert of traditional music celebrating the gift of Korean musical instruments to the Library. Examples of wood carvings and calligraphy were also presented. This event was sponsored by the Korean Team of the Asian Division, the Asian Division Friends Society, Music Division, American Folklife Center, the Korea Foundation, and the KORUS House at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

2008 Concert Series

Surati — Classical and Folk Indian Dance from New Jersey, November 19, 2008

Bar J Wranglers — Cowboy Music from Wyoming, October 2, 2008

The Bajich Brothers — Serbian-American Tambura Music from Kansas, September 17, 2008

Gary Haleamau — Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas, (The Ninth Island) August 20, 2008

The Zionaires — Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware, July 24, 2008

Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra — Albanian Music from New York, celebrating 40 years of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. June 19, 2008

Opalanga Pugh — African American storytelling from Colorado with Askia Touré on voice and drum. May 28, 2008

The Beehive Band — Traditional Mormon String Band Music from Utah, April 24, 2008

Major League Tassa — Indo-Caribbean drumming and dance from Queens, New York, January 31, 2008

Another 2008 AFC Concert:

In 2008 the following concert was not part of the Homegrown Series. This was part of AFC's Rediscover Northern Ireland Events 2008 and is available as a webcast.

Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionán Sands, from County Down, Northern Ireland, October 9, 2008

2007 Concert Series

Gandydancer — Traditional String Band Music from West Virginia, December 12, 2007

Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner — Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe present traditional hoop dancing. November 15, 2007

Aubrey Ghent and Friends — Sacred Lap Steel Guitar, October 17, 2007

Dáithí Sproule, singer and guitarist & Robert Watt, Highland bagpiper, May 23, 2007

The Sama Ensemble — Traditional Iranian Music and Dance, April 25, 2007

Flory Jagota and Friends, traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and the world, March 21, 2007

Reverb, gospel/inspirational harmony group from Washington, DC. Special event for African American Heritage Month, February 7, 2007

Other 2007 AFC Concerts
In 2007 the following concerts were not part of the Homegrown Series. These were associated with AFC symposia and are available as webcasts.

Seeger Family Concert evening concert held as part of the sympoisum "How Can I Keep from Singing?": A Seeger Family Tribute on March 16, 2007. A concert log page is available that gives a description and time codes for each song.

Rosie Stewart concert that was part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007. May 9, 2007. The concert title link will go directly to the webcast. Time 1:03:59.

Francis McPeake Family and past pupils from their renowned school in Belfast; part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007. May 16, 2007

2006 Concert Series

The Gannon Family — Irish Music and Dance from Missouri, November 15, 2006

Sonny Burgess and the Pacers — Rockabilly Music from Arkansas, October 18, 2006

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver — Bluegrass and Gospel Music from Tennessee, September 13, 2006

Mary Louise Defender Wilson & Keith Bear — Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa Storytelling and Music from North Dakota, August 16, 2006

Natasinh Dancers & Musicians — Lao Music and Dance from Iowa, July 26, 2006

The River Boys Polka Band — Dutch Hop Polka Music from Nebraska, June 21, 2006

James "Super Chikan" Johnson & Richard Christman — Blues Guitar from Mississippi, May 23, 2006

David & Levon Ayriyan — Armenian Music from Rhode Island, April 12, 2006

"Mister Jelly Roll, Mister Lomax and the Invention of Jazz" lecture presented by writer and jazz scholar John Szwed with examples performed by pianist Dave Burrell, January 18, 2006

See also, 2006 Botkin Lecture Series: "Waking up the People,"presented by Linda Goss, professional storyteller.

2005 Concert Series

Birmingham Sunlights — African American Gospel Quartet from Alabama, December 7, 2005

Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers, November 16, 2005

Negrura Peruana — Afro Peruvian Music and Dance from Connecticut, October 12, 2005

Carter Family Tribute — Old Time Music from Virginia, NEA National Heritage Fellow Concert, September 20, 2005

Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys — Old Time music from North Carolina, August 17, 2005

D. W. Groethe — Cowboy Songs and Poetry from Montana, July 20, 2005

Margaret MacArthur — Ballads and Songs from Vermont, June 21, 2005

Chu Shan — Chinese Opera Institute from Maryland, May 18, 2005 (No webcast available)

Liz Carroll with John Doyle — Irish American Fiddling from Illinois, April 21, 2005 (No webcast available)


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