Saturday performances at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 15)

Date: May 23, 1987

Source: S1576 , T87-35

Type: Sound

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Collector or Fieldworker

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Title of Work

  • Bashful Star (James Billie)
  • Sawgrass Flower
  • Counting Song
  • Try and Try Again
  • Chi-ne
  • The Crooked Road to Dublin (James Kelly and Mick Moloney)
  • The Sligo Maid
  • The Boyne Hunt
  • O'Carolan's Concerto
  • Old Man Dillon
  • Kitty's Rambles

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  • One reel to reel recording. Dudley served as emcee. Billie's performance began on T87-34. Also known as Chief Jim Billie, James Billie was elected chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida in 1979. It was during his chairmanship, which ended amidst controversy in 2001, that the Seminole peoples' five reservations began their profitable gambling operations. In addition to his administrative duties, the former alligator wrestler and Vietnam vet was also known for his original songs and traditional Seminole stories. He has released several albums. Fiddler Kelly and guitarist Moloney played Irish dance music for dancer Rondeau. Their performance continued on T87-36.

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