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Workshop, concerts explore folk and field recordings, Nov. 22-23

A one-day workshop on pre-war American folk and field recordings will take place on campus Saturday, Nov. 23. Titled "Tangled Roots," the event will explore blues, ballads, work songs, fiddle tunes, spirituals, Cajun, zydeco, field hollers, cowboy songs, gospel and bluegrass. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in 211 Dickinson Hall.

It will be preceded by a concert by Spider John Koerner, Dave Ray and Tony Glover at 8 p.m. Friday, and followed by a concert by the Handsome Family at 8 p.m. Saturday. Both concerts will be in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The workshops will feature a diverse group of speakers, including: Marybeth Hamilton, historian of the Delta blues; discographer and writer Dick Spottswood; Robert Cantwell, historian of the 1960s folk revival; Dean Blackwood, co-founder of the Revenant label; and critic Greil Marcus. Each lecture will focus on the artistic and historical questions raised by the folk and field recordings of the 1920s and 1930s and will be followed by open discussion.

The events are free and are being sponsored by the Program in American Studies and the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts . Those interested in attending the workshop should register by contacting Judith Ferszt . For more information, view the schedule of events online.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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