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David Lee singing school at the 2000 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Performance and Dance Stage

David Lee singing school at the 2000 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Performance and Dance Stage

Date
2000-05-28
Description

Lee, from Hoboken, Ga., conducts a singing school, teaching participants shape note singing and songs from The Sacred Harp. He explains the history of shape note singing and The Sacred Harp in the Okefenokee region, indicating that singers learned to sing through aural transmission, passed down from generation to generation. Lee describes the four shapes (fa, sol, la, mi) and how they correspond to the major scale, followed by a demonstration. After clarifying how singers keep time and stay on beat, he explains how beats can be grouped together in common, compound, or triple time. As a synthesis of the lesson, Lee leads the class in tunes from The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition. There is digital distortion due to tape corruption on "Florida."

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The Silas Lee Family performance at the 1958 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

The Silas Lee Family performance at the 1958 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Date
1958-05-04
Description
Thelma Boltin serves as emcee. At 12:42, Griffin explains shape note singing, mentioning musicologist George Pullen Jackson and the Denson shape note singing family. The Silas Lee Family was from Hoboken, Georgia.

The performance is a splice of the sixth part of audiotape T77-78 and the first part of audiotape T77-79. "Religion Is a Fortune" features the shapes only due to the tape cutting off.

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Folklife People:  The Gandy Dancers

Folklife People: The Gandy Dancers

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The Gandy Dancers were a group of retired railway workers who gave railway laying demonstrations to educate the public about the culture surrounding the industry. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, and led by Cornelius Wright Jr., the Gandy Dancers consisted of John Henry Mealing, Allen Jones, Charlie Vinson and Elder Brown Jr. Each member possessed an extensive repertoire of track-lining songs, learned over decades of laying and maintaining tracks in the years before the work was mechanized in the 1950s. The term “gandy dancer” is allegedly a combination of the name of Chicago-based Gandy Manufacturing Company, a maker of track-lining tools, and the description of the railway workers’ dancelike movements. The workers were synchronized by a caller who sang songs and chants, which boosted morale and helped the workers keep in rhythm with one another. The subject matter of these work songs could range from bawdy to Biblical, depending on whether the crews were in the cut or near polite society. Wright and Mealing received National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1996 for their work with the Gandy Dancers advocating the importance of railroad folklore and traditions in American culture.
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Folklife People: Richard Williams

Folklife People: Richard Williams

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Richard Williams was born in 1887 in Jonesville, Florida, about 12 miles west of Gainesville. By his early teens, Williams was playing dance music on the guitar for local parties held on neighboring farms in Alachua County and in area phosphate camps. It was in these camps that he learned songs from other parts of the state. His repertoire included localized folk blues, gospel songs and personalized versions of popular songs he picked up from work-camp jukeboxes.
Williams’s family members, including wife Lillie Bell and daughter Ella Mae Wilson, often accompanied him during informal musical gatherings at their house. Folklorists Peggy Bulger, Dwight DeVane and Brenda McCallum recorded a few of these gatherings between 1977 and 1980, yielding music that was eventually featured on a collection of traditional African-American music from around the state called Drop on Down in Florida. These field recordings capture Williams’ rural blues style, featuring finger-picking, alternating bass and free-floating semi-improvised song structures – all vestiges of Florida’s pre-blues folk forms.
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Gabriel Brown & Rochelle French performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Gabriel Brown & Rochelle French performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Date
1935-06
Description
Two reel-to-reel tapes. Brown (guitar, vocals) and French (guitar, vocals) perform blues songs. These recordings were made as part of the first Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Writers' Project (FWP) recording expedition in Florida, conducted by Lomax, Hurston, and Barnicle. These recordings are copies of acetate disks housed in the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, numbered AFS 355 through 361, side A. While the full recording is unedited, some of the track selections have been spliced where skipping or dropouts occurred.
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Richard Williams & Family performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Richard Williams & Family performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Date
1977-09-05
Description
One reel-to-reel recording. Thelma Boltin serves as emcee. R. Williams (vocals, guitar) is accompanied by his wife L. Williams (vocals), and his daughter Wilson (vocals). They were from Jonesville, Fla. in Alachua County. R. Williams attempts to play "Polk County Blues," but his guitar doesn't stay in tune.
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The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

Date
1993-05-30
Description
Two audio cassettes. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Vinson, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving.
On C93-14, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and Mealing leads "Good Evening Everybody." Wright then gives some background on their railway work before the coming of the machine age. He defines the role of the "caller" in motivating railway workers, and emphasizes the importance of understanding the sciences. He advocates for the development of high speed rail in the United States. He describes and demonstrates the various tools used in railway work, as well as the various types of calls employed by the caller in getting the men to work together. Wright gives some of his background and tells a few stories about getting an education.
On C93-15, the Gandy Dancers demonstrate spike driving. Wright tells a story about a handkerchief being misunderstood as an invitation to spend the night with a woman. He then explains how physics are used in keeping the tracks level and safe for trains. Mealing advocates for education among young people and tells a story about teaching his grandson to count. He then introduces their closing song, "We'll Understand It Better By and By."
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Unidentified Eatonville Methodist church service & musical performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Unidentified Eatonville Methodist church service & musical performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Date
1935-06
Description
Second part of one reel-to-reel tape. Jones, Marshall, Henry, and Goldie perform religious songs accompanied by unidentified singers. Rev. Haynes and a visiting pastor conduct a religious service for an unidentified Methodist church in Eatonville, Fla.
These recordings were made as part of the first Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Writers' Project (FWP) recording expedition in Florida, conducted by Lomax, Hurston, and Barnicle. These recordings are copies of acetate disks housed in the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, numbered AFS 350 through 354. While the full recording is unedited, some of the track selections have been spliced where skipping or dropouts occurred.
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Unidentified young African American girls performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Unidentified young African American girls performance for the WPA Federal Writers' Project

Date
1935-06
Description
First part of one reel-to-reel tape. A group of unidentified African American girls perform children's songs unaccompanied. These recordings were made as part of the first Works Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Writers' Project (FWP) recording expedition in Florida, conducted by Lomax, Hurston, and Barnicle. These recordings are from a copy of an acetate disk housed in the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, numbered AFS 349. While the full recording is unedited, some of the track selections have been spliced where skipping or dropouts occurred.
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Williams Family performance for the North Florida Folklife Project

Williams Family performance for the North Florida Folklife Project

Date
1978-05-27
Description
Two reel-to-reel audio tapes. See also a second interview and music performance by Williams and Ella Mae Wilson on reels T83-65 through T83-69, in S 1576, also recorded by Devane and Bulger. A third interview can be found on C77-33 and C77-34, in S 1576, box 1. This fieldwork was done in conjunction with the North Florida Folklife Project.
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a_s1576_84_d00-035bDavid Lee singing school at the 2000 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Performance and Dance StagesoundA capella singing
Florida Folk Festival
Folk festivals
Music -- Performance
Religious songs
Shape note singing
Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision
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a_s1576_t77-078fThe Silas Lee Family performance at the 1958 Florida Folk Festival Main StagesoundA capella singing
Florida Folk Festival
Folk festivals
Music -- Performance
Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision
Shape note singing
Religious songs
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flp_gandy_dancersFolklife People: The Gandy Dancersinteractive resourceAfrican Americans
Railroads
Railway workers
Work songs
Music -- Performance
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flp_williams_richardFolklife People: Richard Williamsinteractive resourceAfrican Americans
Blues (Music)
Gospel music
Music -- Performance
Rural blues
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Gabriel Brown & Rochelle French performance for the WPA Federal Writers' ProjectGabriel Brown & Rochelle French performance for the WPA Federal Writers' ProjectsoundAfrican Americans
Blues (Music)
Music -- Performance
Field recordings
Guitar music (Blues)
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Richard Williams & Family performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main StageRichard Williams & Family performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main StagesoundAfrican Americans
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Music -- Performance
Gospel music
Blues (Music)
Rural blues
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a_s1576_30_c93-014The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)soundAfrican Americans
Florida Folk Festival
Folk festivals
Music -- Performance
Railroads
Railway workers
Work songs
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a_s1576_t86-234bUnidentified Eatonville Methodist church service & musical performance for the WPA Federal Writers' ProjectsoundAfrican Americans
Music -- Performance
Gospel music
Church music
Field recordings
Preaching
Church services
A capella singing
African American Methodists
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Unidentified young African American girls performance for the WPA Federal Writers' ProjectUnidentified young African American girls performance for the WPA Federal Writers' ProjectsoundAfrican Americans
Music -- Performance
Field recordings
Children's songs
A capella singing
Singing games
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Williams Family performance for the North Florida Folklife ProjectWilliams Family performance for the North Florida Folklife ProjectsoundAfrican Americans
Blues (Music)
Music -- Performance
Gospel music
Rural blues
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