FROM THE GREAT FOLKS BLOG
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...
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SEEDS presents

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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QUEST DOWNLOADS

ON TOUR

MAY 9

TRAVERSE CITY

TC Opera House

SHOW @ 7:30PM   /   DOORS @ 6:30PM
Adults $10 / Students $5 / Kids FREE

Michigan Folksong Legacy GR8Tfolks.blogspot.com

In collaboration with the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress, as part of its celebration of the 1938 Library of Congress field trip to Michigan.




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