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Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Subject is exactly "Music -- Performance"
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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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Aaron O'Rourke Trio performance at the 2007 Florida Folk Festival Amphitheater

Aaron O'Rourke Trio performance at the 2007 Florida Folk Festival Amphitheater

Date
2007-11-11
Description
Donna Green-Townsend serves as emcee. O'Rourke (mountain dulcimer), Abraham (mandolin), and Snelling (bass) were from Tallahassee, Fla.
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Ada Miller performance at the Stephen Foster Memorial

Ada Miller performance at the Stephen Foster Memorial

Date
1962-12
Description
One reel-to-reel recording.
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Ballet Folklórico de Bomba y Plena Lanzó dance workshop at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Stage

Ballet Folklórico de Bomba y Plena Lanzó dance workshop at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Stage

Date
2004-05-30
Description
Ballet Folklórico de Bomba y Plena Lanzó, led by Miguel and Idalia Lanzo, conduct a workshop on Puerto Rican bomba and plena dance and music.
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"Banjo" Eddie Goldhill performance at the 1957 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

"Banjo" Eddie Goldhill performance at the 1957 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Date
1957-05-04
Description
Fifth part of one audiotape recording. Thelma Boltin serves as emcee. Goldhill (banjo) played one unidentified tune. He was from Jacksonville, Fla.
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Bill & Eloise Smith with Sounds of Praise performance at the North Ft. Myers Church of God

Bill & Eloise Smith with Sounds of Praise performance at the North Ft. Myers Church of God

Date
1987-11-25
Description
One audio recording. Recorded at the North Ft. Myers Church of God.
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"Blind" Johnny Brown & "Reverend" N. L. Williams interview and performance backstage at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival

"Blind" Johnny Brown & "Reverend" N. L. Williams interview and performance backstage at the 1978 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1978-05-28
Description
Seven reel-to-reel audiotapes. Recording of a conversation and impromptu performance by Brown and Williams. This was the first time these men had met. They discuss gospel, country, rock and roll, and blues music; women; segregation; other folk festivals; various jobs they worked; and performing. They perform several songs. The audio quality varies from poor to fair throughout. Copied onto audiocassettes C81-12, C81-13 and C81-14.
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Bluegrass Country interview and rehearsal for the Southwest Florida Folk Arts Project

Bluegrass Country interview and rehearsal for the Southwest Florida Folk Arts Project

Date
1987-12-01
Description
Three audio cassettes. Recorded at the Bluegrass Central music store.
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Bob Gerard & Kathy Kloiber performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Bob Gerard & Kathy Kloiber performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main Stage

Date
1977-09-05
Description
One reel-to-reel recording. Thelma Boltin serves as emcee. Gerard (vocals) and Kloiber (vocals) were from Lake City, Fla. The last song is a medley of spirituals, including "The Wayfaring Stranger," "Love Comes a-Trickling Down," "Down by the Riverside," "Wade in the Water," "Sit Down Servant," "Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham" and "Come and Go with Me to That Land."
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
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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Aaron O'Rourke Trio performance at the 2007 Florida Folk Festival AmphitheaterAaron O'Rourke Trio performance at the 2007 Florida Folk Festival AmphitheaterSoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Music -- Performance
Appalachian dulcimer
Progressive bluegrass music
Instrumental music
Bluegrass music
Jazz
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a_s2043_00128Ada Miller performance at the Stephen Foster MemorialSoundConcerts
Music -- Performance
Performing arts
Friction idiophones
Glass harmonicas
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a_s2034_02_cd04-113Ballet Folklórico de Bomba y Plena Lanzó dance workshop at the 2004 Florida Folk Festival Folklife StageSoundFlorida Folk Festival
Folk festivals
Music -- Performance
African Americans
Bomba (dance)
Puerto Ricans
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a_s1576_t77-060e"Banjo" Eddie Goldhill performance at the 1957 Florida Folk Festival Main StagesoundFlorida Folk Festival
Folk festivals
Music -- Performance
Banjo music
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a_s1622_03_tape06Bill & Eloise Smith with Sounds of Praise performance at the North Ft. Myers Church of GodSoundMusic ensembles
Field recordings
Church services
Sacred music
Religious songs
Music -- Performance
Christianity
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a_s1576_t78-326"Blind" Johnny Brown & "Reverend" N. L. Williams interview and performance backstage at the 1978 Florida Folk FestivalSoundField recordings
African Americans
Blues (Music)
Country music
Music -- Performance
Folk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Religious songs
Interviews
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a_s1622_03_tape09Bluegrass Country interview and rehearsal for the Southwest Florida Folk Arts ProjectSoundBands (Music)
Field recordings
Bluegrass music
Interviews
String bands
String instruments
Music -- Performance
Music rehearsals
Country music
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Bob Gerard & Kathy Kloiber performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main StageBob Gerard & Kathy Kloiber performance at the 1977 Florida Folk Festival Main StagesoundFolk festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Music -- Performance
Contemporary folk music
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