Folklife People: The Gandy Dancers

297287
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The Gandy Dancers were a group of retired railway workers who gave railway laying demonstrations to educate the public about the culture surrounding the industry. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, and led by Cornelius Wright Jr., the Gandy Dancers consisted of John Henry Mealing, Allen Jones, Charli...
Type
interactive resource

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

296309
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers, answers questions from audience members about railway work, equipment, and making iron. The interview represents the second portion of tape C93-9.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-9b

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

239379
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-12b, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and gives some background on their railway work...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-12b
Item ID
C93-13

Billy Howell interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239381
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Howell gives a brief family background. He explains the turpentine business, homesteading, and other industries in North Florida. He gives some background on attending school in Port St. Joe, Fla. and working for the St. Joe Paper Company for f...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-18

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239377
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Vinson, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-5, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and gives some background about...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-5
Item ID
C93-6

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239378
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three audio cassette recordings. Mealing and Wright received NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Vinson, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. Some of the speech his inaudible when the performers walk away from the micro...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-11
Item ID
C93-12a
Item ID
C93-10

Cornelius Wright, Jr. interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239386
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-26, Wright, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., gives some family and educational background. He discusses his early work on the railroads and being drafted into the military during the Korean War, as well as his choice...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-27
Item ID
C93-26

Allen Jones interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239382
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Jones, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-19

Elder Brown interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239383
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. Brown, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., discusses his work on the railroads. He gives his family background. The tape starts and stops many times.
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-20

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

296221
Date
1993-05-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. The full recording is a composite of side A and side B. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Vinson, Mealing, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On side A, Wright explains the...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-7

"Washboard" Bill Cooke interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239375
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah is the interviewer. On C93-3, Cooke tells stories about traveling the railroads as a hobo during the 1930s; beginning his career as a washboard musician after World War II in 1946; problems with living in Palm Beach; and working for the Seaboard Air Line R...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-3
Item ID
C93-4

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

296320
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Vinson, Jones, Brown, and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On C93-14, Wright introduces the Gandy Dancers and Mealing leads "Good Evening Everybod...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-14
Item ID
C93-15

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239387
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. Wright explains the strength needed to work on railroads. Mealing leads "Good Evening Ev...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-25

Charlie Vinson interview at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area

239384
Date
1993-05-30
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One cassette tape. NKwanda Jah interviews Vinson, a member of the Gandy Dancers from Birmingham, Ala., who discusses his work on the railroads. Other members of the Gandy Dancers were present and can be heard in the background. Vinson gives some geneaological history before discussing his work fo...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-21

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (First demonstration)

239374
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassette recordings. NKwanda Jah serves as emcee. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. On cassette C93-1, Wright tells stories from h...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-2
Item ID
C93-1

Field recording compilation for the National Federation of Music Clubs

326304
Date
1962
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Second part of one reel-to-reel tape. Psenka performs traditional Czech music accompaniment for a beseda, the Czech national folk dance. Psenka and the dancers were from Masaryktown. Tomazin (concertina), from Samsula, is accompanied by a young Yugoslavian student on steel guitar. Griffis, from Farg...
Type
sound
Item ID
T86-227b

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

236881
Date
1987-08-18
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at his home. Cooke discusses black entertainment in Florida. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July, Cooke worked as a street performer, a jook joint musician, a nightclub entertainer, and a railway worker. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first...
Type
Sound

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