Saturday performances at the 1996 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Tape 5)

Date: May 25, 1996

Source: S1576 , Container 76 , D96-13

Type: Sound

Download: MP3

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  • When I Rose This Morning (Versiteers)
  • Fiddler Contest Winners Announcements (Williams/Kogut/Mortham)
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down (Yaeger)
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Crazy Creek (Stapleton)
  • Sally Goodin (Lewis)
  • Kabriten Home (Gillman/Hood)
  • Unidentified song (all fiddlers)
  • Introduction to the Florida Artist Recignition Program: Will McLean (Williams)
  • Speech on McLean (Mortham)
  • Remarks on McLean (Longhill)
  • Ballad of the Green Turtle (Southwind)
  • Background on McLean (Ann Thomas)
  • Medley of McLean songs (Fitchen)
  • Away O-ee (Todd)
  • Hold Back the Waters (Frank Thomas)
  • McLean remarks (Kennedy)
  • Winnebago (Grooms)
  • Walk Proud My Son
  • I Believe
  • Tomorrow Gonna Be a Better Day
  • Orange Blossom Special
  • 99 1/2 Wont Do (McClain)
  • Come and Go To That Land
  • Did Not Know Why I Feel This Way
  • Lonesome Road
  • Amazing Grace
  • Walking Blues
  • When the Saints Go Marching In
  • Prayer

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  • One digital audio tape (DAT). Williams served as emcee. The first three songs the Versiteers played (not listed here) were not recorded due to equipment failure. Mortham was Secretary of State at the time; the Florida Folklife Program and festival fell under her jurisdiction. She officially recognized McLean as a Florida Artist. This was followed by a McLean tribute, including stories and performances by Southwind, Fitchen, Frank & Ann Thomas, Kennedy, Todd, and Williams. Singer-songwriter Will McLean was often called the 'Father of Florida Folk.' The Black Hat Troubadour, a nickname for the hat he usually wore, authored over 3500 songs, and was a national figure on the folk music scene. A fifth generation Floridian, he died in 1990, the year after he won the Florida Folk Heritage award. Grooms played with Dennis Devine (guitar), Waye Martin (fiddle), Dan Peterson (bass) among others.

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