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Images of the 1995 Florida Folk Festival

Images of the 1995 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1995-05-26
Description
Two proof sheets with seventy-two black and white images, plus negatives. Images of the Florida Folk Heritage Awards (Sacred Steel guitar player Willie Eason and Everglades skiff Glen Simmons), the Folklife Area (Klezmer musician Bronsztein, gospel group the Versiteers, musician Walker, storyteller Llewellyn, bluegrass group Tru-Blu Grass, Greek-dance group the Dionysus Dancers, and the Colombian Folklore Group, the Dunedin Pipe Band, Seminole storyteller Jumper, Cuban conga dancer Los Rumberos Unidos, the Filipino Community Choir, an whip maker Curly Dekle), and the Amphitheater stage (Bronsztein, Nicaraguan-American Toro Huaco Dance Group, and old-time musician Culbreath.)
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Aubrey Ghent performing Father in Jesus Name

Aubrey Ghent performing Father in Jesus Name

Date
1993-09-05
Description
One audio cassette recording. For more of these two, see tape 3. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Glenn Lee performing Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior

Glenn Lee performing Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior

Date
1994-03-07
Description
One audio cassette recording. For more of Lee, see tapes 2 and 4. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 4)

Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 4)

Date
1995-05-27
Description
One digital audio tape(DAT). Rozar served as emcee. Steel guitarist Eason, needleworker Horvath, and sfiff boat builder Simmons were awarded the 1995 Florida Folk Heritage Awards. Diddley, Tucker, and Mortham made speeches. Based on recommendations from the Florida Folklife Council, the Secretary of State confers Florida Folk Heritage Awards annually. The awards are given to outstanding folk artists and folk culture advocates who have made long-standing contributions to the folk cultural resources of the state. Established in 1985, the program parallels the National Heritage Fellowships.
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Saturday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tapes 14, 15)

Saturday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tapes 14, 15)

Date
1997-05-24
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. Sonny Treadway and Willie Eason, interviewed by Bob Stone, discuss sacred steel music and the history of their music. Treadway describes the making of his instrument and his mentor, Bishop Lorenzo Harrison. Stone mentions Eason's ability to make his steel guitar sound like a human voice. They perform several songs -- many of which were unidentified.
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Sunday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tape 1)

Sunday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tape 1)

Date
1997-05-25
Description
One audio cassette recording. Willie Eason (St. Petersburg, FL), interviewed by Bob Stone, discusses sacred steel music. Continued on C97-87.
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Folklife People:  Willie Eason

Folklife People: Willie Eason

Date
Description
Willie Eason was a pioneering figure in the African American "Sacred Steel" guitar tradition of the House of God, Keith Dominion Holiness-Pentecostal churches. He influenced dozens of musicians and inspired many to play the steel guitar for worship services in nearly 200 House of God churches found in more than two dozen states. Florida is home to more than 40 House of God churches, more than any other state. Eason used the steel guitar to imitate the ornamented, improvised singing he heard in church and became known as "Little Willie and his Talking Guitar." His reputation increased as he made seven 78 rpm records in the 1940s and 50s for black gospel labels. Eason and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1986 where he continued to play for House of God services. He received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1995.
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Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various events

Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various events

Date
1993-11-26
Description
One audio cassette recording. (Duplicate can be found on tape 5.) The first half of the tape was recorded at a House of God "Family and Friends Day Celebration" in Daytona Beach on 5 September 1993. The second half was recorded at the Ocala House of God Church #2 on 26 November 1993, and the then at the 1994 Florida Folk Festival on May 24 1994 (for entire festival performance, see D94-20 in S 1576.) On the second half, the vocals are weak. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God church

Date
1994-03-07
Description
One audio cassette recording. (Duplicate can be found on tape 5.) Recorded at a Church of God church (not during church services)in Perrine, Florida. The band consisted of Glenn Lee (steel guitar), Alvin Lee (bass), Benjamin Beckford (drums), and John Hampton (guitar). Excerpted from a longer recording (see tapes 18-20 in S 2044). The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Henry Nelson performing Amazing Grace

Henry Nelson performing Amazing Grace

Date
1993-09-05
Description
One audio cassette recording. For more of Nelson, see tape 3. The Sacred Steel Guitar Recording Project originated in 1992 when Florida Folklife Program folklorist Robert Stone discovered that several predominantly African American House of God churches (a sub-sect of the Pentecostal church) in the St. Petersburg area were using steel guitars in their religious services. The practice began by Willie and Troman Eason in the 1930s, and expanded upon by players such as Henry Nelson and Lorenzo Harrison. Realizing that this was a unique musical tradition, labeled Sacred Steel, the Florida Folklife Program to applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct fieldwork and create a music album for public dispersal. The aim of the project was to increase public awareness of the gospel steel guitar tradition, as well as document it for future generations. Matched with state funds, the grant period originally ran from October 1993 through October 1994, but was extended for another year. In that time Stone, along with sound engineers William Dudley and Mike Stapleton, interviewed and recorded several steel guitarists in the St. Petersburg area. An album entitled Sacred Steel was released in 1995. It was then re-released through an agreement with Arhoolie Records in 1997.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
Images of the 1995 Florida Folk FestivalImages of the 1995 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageChoruses
Singers
Whip maker
Rodeo performers
Bands (Music)
Performers
Folklore revival festivals
Folk festivals
Music
Performing arts
String instruments
String bands
Arts, Nicaraguan
Musical instruments
Nicaraguan Americans
Arts, Cuban
Cuban Americans
Awards
African Americans
Conga (dance)
Storytelling
Arts, Jewish
Jewish Americans
Arts, Greek
Greek Americans
Bluegrass musicians
Boatbuilders
Dancers
Musicians
Storytellers
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a_s2044_02_tape09Aubrey Ghent performing Father in Jesus NameSoundFieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Bands (Music)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Guitarist
Singers
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape10Glenn Lee performing Pass Me Not Oh Gentle SaviorSoundFieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Bands (Music)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Guitarist
Singers
Musicians
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a_s1576_44_d95-009Saturday performances at the 1995 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Tape 4)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Bluegrass music
Stringband music
Old time music
Guitar music
Country music
Folk singers
Secretaries of State (State governments)
Awards
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Florida. Dept. of State (1995-1999 : Mortham)
Cabinet officers
Public officials
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
Secretary of State
Blues singers
Public officer
Needleworkers
Boatbuilders
Bands (Music)
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a_s1576_68_c97-084Saturday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tapes 14, 15)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Oral performance
Life histories
Interviewing
African Americans
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Gospel (Black)
Gospel music
Gospel musicians
Religious music
Religious songs
Personal experience narratives
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
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a_s1576_68_c97-086Sunday program at the 1997 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Narrative Stage) (Tape 1)SoundFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Festivals
Special events
Oral performance
Life histories
Interviewing
African Americans
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Gospel (Black)
Gospel music
Gospel musicians
Religious music
Religious songs
Personal experience narratives
Singers
Musicians
Guitarist
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a_s2044_02_tape03Aubrey Ghent and his father Henry Nelson performing sacred steel music at various eventsSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Festivals
Folk festivals
Special events
Church attendance
Church services
Protestants
Christianity
Churches
Religion
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape02Glenn Lee performing sacred steel music with a band at a House of God churchSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Bands (Music)
Musicians
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a_s2044_02_tape11Henry Nelson performing Amazing GraceSoundGuitarist
Singers
Fieldwork
Steel guitars
Guitar music
Performing arts
Guitarists
Music performance
African Americans
Religious songs
Religious music
Gospel songs
Gospel musicians
Gospel (Black)
Bands (Music)
Musical groups
Churches
Religion
Christianity
Protestants
Musicians
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