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Folk & Music Festivals in the Berea Sound Archives: Folk Festival Archival & Print Resources
The Berea Sound Archives collections document audio recordings of folk and music festivals directed at celebrating and preserving traditional vernacular American culture. They also promote newer tradition-based forms, such as Bluegrass, n
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.
Correspondence, photographs, diary photocopies, folk song lyrics, interviews, sound and video recordings documenting the career of North Carolina folk music scholar and festival organizer, Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Tune titles and performer names are searchable via an in-house database and printed index. (10 ms boxes)
Correspondence, concert/bluegrass festival programs, advertising material, photographs, sound and video recordings that document the McLain Family Band’s performing activity between 1968 and 1989. (52 ms boxes)
Correspondence, clippings, and audio recordings of music and interviews that reflect Powell’s efforts at documenting a host of early country music performers, mainly 1930 to 1950. He was particularly interested in those from Kentucky and any associated with such radio programs as the National Barn Dance and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. (10 ms boxes and 13 card file boxes)
The Old-Time Herald celebrates the love of old-time music -- grassroots or home-grown music and dance. Old-time music shares origins, influences and musical characteristics with roots musics across America. Our magazine casts a wide net, highlighting the Southeastern tradition while opening its pages to kindred and comparable traditions and new directions.
Founded by Fred Bartenstein, the News offered a variety of information to the bluegrass fan, from interviews with various artists and up-and-coming stars, to valuable discussions of the historical background of bluegrass, as well as a list of future appearances and festivals. In its time, the News served a valuable role.