The Beautiful Music All Around Us with Stephen Wade
Stephen Wade’s book The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen musical performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains. Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on these recordings, their families, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them. For this musical talk/performance, Wade will untangle the histories of these iconic tunes, tracing their origins through slave songs and spirituals, British and homegrown ballads, fiddle contests, gospel quartets, and labor laments.
Wade will talk about "song catching" and researching the stories of famous folk songs as well as give a live performance on the banjo at 6:00 p.m. at Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts.
This event is co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Washington College Concert Series.