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Learn about the 1917 Travels

Cecil Sharp Photographs
Now Open
 in Marshall, NC
at the
Madison County Arts Council
Downtown Marshall
Through May 31
check this link:
http://madisoncountyarts.com/events/cecil-sharp-historic-photo-exhibit/
Listen to Public Radio podcast WUNC FM North Carolina Public Radio January 26, 2017
Interview and Singing

Watch a News segment from
WRAL TV Raleigh
February 1, 2017
Here




Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Photographs

From 1916 to 1918, English Ballad Collector Cecil Sharp traveled the Appalachian region to document variants of these songs and photographed some of the singers who shared their songs. These 24 rare photographs offer a stunning window into the life of Appalachian people in the period and will be on display for the first time in the United States. The exhibition will be traveling to additional locations in the coming months.

Mrs. Hannah Mitchell, Mrs. Effie Mitchell, Mrs. Becky Mitchell

“The Mitchells are a wonderful clan, living in a small narrow creek about a mile from the hotel.  They are considered a very low-down lot by the richer people here who wonder why we like them and go there so often.”
Sharp diary, Burnsville, NC, September 27, 1918


Cecil Sharp
Twenty Years of Song and
Dance Collecting

Maud Karpeles
A Career of Service
 to Folk Insitutions





Read the definitive article on the history of Cecil and Maud's travels in America by Michael Yates
Look here


Singing their way into history; remarkable journey captures and preserves centuries old folk songs

One hundred years ago, two intrepid British “song catchers” began a three-year pilgrimage to Appalachia, starting in western North Carolina, to collect variants and versions of English and Scottish folk songs as sung by descendants of immigrants from the British Isles. Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles braved challenging terrain to visit singers and record the notes and words of the songs. Out of their work has come the English Folk Dance and Song Society based in Cecil Sharp House in London, the US-based Country Dance and Song Society, and a remarkable collection of centuries-old songs still sung today.

A three-year celebration of the people and the songs has begun both in the US and England.  Join us as we trace, share, and highlight this journey.






News from 100 Years Ago!
Cecil  and Maud return
1917




Look for Maud Karpeles book on the Life and Work of
Cecil Sharp




Here is a website dedicated to Sharp and Karpeles travels in Virginia


Read about the 2016 Centennial of Jane Gentry's time of singing for Cecil Sharp held in Hot Springs, North Carolina


See How the Tradition Continues


Watch a play about Jane Gentry

I'll Sing On
by
Grace Ellis

Performed at the Ruby Slippers Festival,
Winston Salem, NC February, 2016
youtube link

Also being performed live October 1, 2016 in Mars Hill, NC
See our events page


Letter from Cecil Sharp

Our Facebook Page linked here


"Why did Cecil Sharp go to the Appalachians"
See this article by the
English Folk Dance and Song Society


This is the map of the counties traveled by Sharp and Karpeles

This is a map of the travels: English Folk Songs form the Southen Appalachians

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See the Story of the French Broad River Floods
July 16, 1916



Dancing in St. Louis, outdoor Shakespeare Festival, taught by Cecil Sharp, June 1916


Dancers in "As You Like It," taught by Sharp


Partial Funding provided by:





The North Carolina Folklife Institute


The Outreach Fund of  the
Country Dance and Song Society


The North Carolina Humanities Council

We wish to acknowledge the gracious assistance of the
ENGLISH FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY,
London, England
in putting together this project.
EFDSS was founded by Cecil Sharp
The Vaughn Williams Library holds the Sharp photographs and
has granted us permission to use them for this purpose.

THANK YOU
!
English Folk Dance and Song Society