Friday evening performances at the 1979 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage)

Date: May 25, 1979

Source: S1576 , T83-94

Type: Sound

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  • Bagpipe music (Percy Hamilton)
  • Fire on the Mountain (Bucksnort Barndance Band)
  • Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
  • Fort Dear
  • Donna Donna (Kathleen Kloiber & Bob Gerard)
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Mountain Dew
  • Whip cracking demonstration (Curly Dekle)
  • Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Suwannee River) (Gregory Alvarez & W.B. McKinney)
  • Laura Lee/Love Me Tender
  • In the Garden
  • Palace Grand (Evelyn Beers-Burnstine with Ellen Odom)
  • Dumbartons Drums
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Green Gravel
  • Polish dance demonstration (Drava Folk Dance Ensemble)
  • Unidentified song (John Williamson with Carolyn & Woody Graves, Burt & Pat Coulliette)
  • Watermelon on the Vine
  • Old Love Letters
  • Old Country Church

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  • One reel to reel recording. Boltin served as emcee. Bagpiper Hamilton, from Starke and a Florida Times-Union reporter, played first. The Bucksnort Barndance Band and the cloggers were both from Gainesville. Kloiber, at the time a law student at the University of Virginia, was from West Palm Beach; Gerard, a speech graduate student at the University of Tampa, was from Lake City. They met and began playing traditional folk music while students at Florida State University. Dekle was from Macclenny. McKinney and Alvarez were violinists from Starke. At the time Evelyn lived in Petersburg, New York. Popular on the folk circuit in the 1960s, she performed with late husband Bob (and later daughter Martha)as the popular folk act, the Beers Family. They were sent in 1968 by the U.S. Dept. of State on a tour on India, and once played for the White House in 1969. In 1966, they also began the popular Fox Hollow Festival in upstate New York. In 1972, Bob Beers died in a car crash. His daughter stil

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