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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