Course Description

ONLINE: Listen and learn about North Carolina folk musicians, from the 19th-century ballad singers to today’s performers. Discover the origins of North Carolina folk song classics like "Freight Train" and "Tom Dooley." Forgotten by 1960, many of these musicians enjoyed second careers throughout the 1970s. They were researched and imitated by a new generation of admirers. The surviving North Carolina folk musicians of the 1930s and '40s included fiddlers, banjo pickers, bluegrass bands, gospel singers and blues musicians. During the “folk revival,” their reputations grew, and they performed nationwide at folk festivals. In this lecture-based course, students will learn their names and hear their music, both men and women, through a series of online videos. The instructor met many of these individuals and worked with them, even forming friendships with a few. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 30.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
North Carolina Folk Music: A History
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
May 02, 2023 to Jun 06, 2023
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Please note: This course will be full of information and lots of fun! Plan to sit back, watch and listen, as if you're attending a performance. Taking notes is optional. There will be links and references provided to read at your leisure. The recommended books, intended for those who wish to know more, serve to supplement these materials.

Recommended reading:
David Menconi, "Step It Up & Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music" (9781469659350)
Bruce Bastin, "Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast" (9780252012136)

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