FROM THE GREAT FOLKS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
Questing With Alan Lomax
“What a place Traverse City is a-coming to be!” Retired lumberjack Lester Wells once sang these words while sitting with his aging buddies in Lautner’s Place (now Union Street Station—still a bar with live music!) in downtown Traverse City. Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded the song by cutting a 12-inch disc on the spot with his Presto Instantaneous Disk Recorder. The year was 1938, and Lomax—then a 23-year-old Assistant in Charge at the Archive of Folk-Song―was in the midst of a 10-week folk music collecting trip of the “Lakes States,” gathering examples of Michigan’s rich trove of traditional song to enrich the Archive’s holdings at the Library of Congress...
A Celebration of Community
A Production Inspired by Alan Lomax's 1938 Michigan Folksong Recordings
featuring Earthwork Music and Blackbird Arts
And students from
Benzie Central, Brethren, Forest Area, Frankfort, Kalkaska, Manistee and Suttons Bay Schools.
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