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Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM) in the Berea Sound Archives
Berea's Celebration of Traditional Music has been held annually since 1974 and continues to the present day. The numerous singers and musicians heard on Celebration recordings document the full range of Appalachian music's ethnic, vocal, and instrumental
From 2005-2016, the Sound Archives Fellowship program supported both the scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio / video collections and the conducting of cultural documentation projects that produced new material for future research use.
These guides are the work of Archives staff and scholars supported by the College’s Sound Archives Fellowship Program.
Celebration of Traditional Music Collection Finding Aids
These collections contain audio and / or video content available in the Berea Sound Archives or the Digital Archives (Berea College). Click on the collection title for more information, a complete list of collection materials, and links to the digitized content.
Additional Celebration of Traditional Music Resources
Digital materials from Berea College Archives, RG 11.08. Collection
History of Folk Music Festivals in the United Sates by Ronald D. Cohen; Norm Cohen (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2008
In A History of Folk Music Festivals in the United States: Feasts of Musical Celebration, Ronald D. Cohen presents a comprehensive narration of folk music festivals in America, providing details on events both large and small from the 19th century to the present. Cohen discusses events like the Newport, Philadelphia, University of Chicago, and National Folk Festivals, describing and analyzing long-running as well as short-lived festivals throughout the country and covering a dizzying array of musical styles, including blues, Cajun, Irish, klezmer, women's, bluegrass, gospel, country, singer-songwriters, and world. Cohen draws on a wide range of primary and secondary sources to create a detailed description of these exciting "feasts of musical celebration," capturing the nature and variety of the festivals and fully expressing this vital part of the development of folk music. Studying these events brings a truly national perspective to our understanding of folk music and provides important insights into their social, cultural, musical, and even political contexts.