WMPG Folk Music CD – Friends of Old Time Music The Folk Arrival 1961-1965. The historic concerts introduced traditional music to city audiences.
Featuring music from:
- Clarence Ashley, Horton Barker, Annie Bird, Dock Boggs, Gaither Carlton, Maybelle Carter, Jesse Fuller, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, The Greenbriar Boys, Roscoe Holcomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Fred McDowell, Sam McGee, Bill Monroe, and His Blue Grass Boys, The New Lost City Ramblers McKinley Peebles, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith Hobart Smith, Hobart Smith, Joseph Spence, The Stanley Brothers, Stanley Thompson, Arnold Watson, Doc Watson, and Ed Young.
From 1961 to 1965, New York City’s trailblazing Friends of Old Times Music presented 14 concerts that brought dozens of legendary traditional musicians before city audiences for the first time. This “folk arrival” changed the course of American folk music, expanding the vision of the Folk Song Revival and leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
For Friends of Old Time Music. Peter K. Siegel, who personally recorded most of the concerts, handpicked 55 tracks from the original master tapes.
They include the first concert appearances by Doe Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley, and Joseph Spence, and the triumphant return visits to New York by Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt, who had made classic recordings in the city during the 1920s.
The Folk Music CD, recorded, produced, and annotated by Peter K. Siegel. A Henry Street Folklore production. Produced in association with City Lore, Inc.