Recording of musician Vance Whidden performing






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Tape 3





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  • Watch Florida Grow
  • Sinking of the Titanic
  • Hand Time Blues
  • Big Jim in the Barroom
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • Uncle Pen
  • Molly and Teabrooks
  • Cut Down the Old Pine Tree

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  • One audio cassette. Whidden played with a local group, the Midnight Ramblers, for years. He worked as a cowman and later for the Okeelanta Sugar Company. For images, see S 1624, box 32, fodler 13. In 1992, the Palm Beach Community College contracted the Florida Folklife Program to conduct ten days of fieldwork in March 1992 around Lake Okeechobee for a Lakefront Legacy Festival later that year (16 May 1992). Headed up by FFP folklorist Debbie Fant, and assisted by Robert Stone and Robert Shanafelt, the fieldwork involved 26 informants, slides, print images and recorded interviews. In the end, the FFP recommended seven people for festival participation.

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