Sunday performances at the 1975 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)

Date: August 31, 1975

Source: S1576 , T79-20

Type: Sound

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  • I Reckon I am Rolling Under (Sea Island Georgia Singers: Doug Quimby & Bessie Jones)
  • Amen
  • South Winds (The Boyer Family)
  • The Gentleness of Living
  • Simple Gifts
  • Walk Along to the Land of Paradise
  • Bright Morning Stars Are Rising
  • Fools Reel (Rutherford County Square Dancers)
  • The Newcastle
  • Unidentified song
  • On the Wings of a Dove (Makley Family)
  • Jesus is the Man From Galilee
  • The Swiss Boy Taught Me to Yodel
  • Troublesome Waters (Jay Smith)
  • Hold My Hand, Lord Jesus
  • Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (Nick Hallman)
  • Jesus Walked in Galilee
  • Somebody Touched Me
  • Where Will I Shelter My Sheep (Betty Smith)
  • Amazing Grace
  • There Was Once an Owl
  • If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (Zeke & Rosa Stephens)
  • Old Rugged Cross
  • Farewell the Thee
  • I am a Seminole (Betty Mae Jumper)
  • Florida is the Place For Me
  • Arise My Soul (Howie & Ann Mitchell)
  • Amsterdam
  • Light at the River (Skip Johns & Travelers)
  • The Old Country Church
  • Stand On That Rock Where Moses Stood
  • Lonesome Valley
  • Wayfaring Stranger (Elliot Hancock)
  • Shaker Life
  • Priest in His Boots Jig
  • It Is a Good Day to Sing a Song to Jesus (Abundant Life Singers)
  • Does Anybody Want to Live Forever
  • Tear Stains in the Sand
  • I Will Fly Away
  • Of Lord I am Your Child (Reatha Pearl Marshall)
  • Precious Lord
  • Walk With Me Lord
  • Creation Story (Thelma Boltin)
  • In the Garden (Aubrey Dunscombe)
  • In the Beautiful Garden of Prayer
  • America the Beautiful
  • Drinking of the Wine (Barbara Muller)
  • All On a Christmas Morning
  • Brethren We Have Met (Muller with Betty Smith)
  • Bright Morning Star (Dirt Kickers Band)
  • Swing Low
  • When the Siants Go Marching In
  • Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All (Jackie Hand, Joe & Polly English)

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  • One reel to reel recording. Last performances of the 1975 festival. Sunday was devoted to religious music. Jones and Quimby, both from Brunswick, Georgia, were later known as the Georgia Sea Island Singers. They performed black spirituals. The Boyers were from Webster Grove, Missouri, and were the family of the late Bob Beers. The square dancers were from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and performed to pre-recorded music. The Makley Family were from Jacksonville, and consisted of Elroyce, Bettine, and Ruthanne Makley. This was their third Festival. Jay Smith was also from Jacksonville. Hallman was from Greenville, S.C. Banjoist Cadwell's performance was not recorded -- only his introduction. Betty Smith lived in Marietta, Georgia. Fiddlers Zeke and Rosa Stephens lived in Panama City. Jumper was a Seminole storyteller from Hollywood, Florida. The Mitchells, of Washington DC, performed shaped note songs. The bluegrass band, Skip Johns and the Travelers, were from Lake City, and sang gospel songs. Hancock, of Suffolk, Virginia, played the dulcimer. The Abundant Life Singers were from Clearwater, and led by David McAbee. Singer Marshall was from White Springs. Dunscombe played the musical saw, and was a long-time festival performer. Singer Muller was from Lake Mary. Storyteller Boltin was also the festival's director and emcee. The Dirt Kickers Band, led by Sara Carter, came from Tallahassee. Hand and the Englishes all lived in Jacksonville. They wrote their own songs.

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