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Recorded on May 28, 1995 by the Florida Folklife Program at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida
Welcome back to the Florida Folklife Collection podcast series from the State Library and Archives of Florida.
Over the years several Florida artists have enjoyed a sort of de facto master of ceremonies status on the Florida Folk Festival stage. Any of the following names would be quite familiar to any regular attendee of the festival, Cousin Thelma Boltin, Will McLean, Gamble Rogers, Don Grooms, and Dale Crider to mention but a few. Those names and many others resonate throughout the Florida Folklife Collection to such a degree that the songs and stories they have shared nearly comprise an unofficial biography of the performers and the festival itself. Many visitors to White Springs have enthusiastically enjoyed their role in the festivities as well.
In working to digitize and preserve the folk festival recordings I have often been impressed with the easy and comfortable rapport these artists have with their White Springs audience. It is little wonder then that so many of those audience members contact the State Archives for copies of folk festival performances. In some cases these patron requests contribute to the discovery of great moments from the festival stage. Such is the case with our newest podcast featuring Frank and Ann Thomas and a rollicking set from Don Grooms and friends recorded in 1995. Requesting CDs of folklife materials is very easy and we encourage you to contact us for more information or you may utilize the folklife database link on the left side of this screen to search for folk festival reels and access mp3 files that are available for all festival performances up to the 1980 Folk Festival. Additional mp3s will be added as digitization continues. But that’s enough talk for now, we have good music on the way from the Thomas’ and Don Grooms and thanks very much for listening.