14 June 2012

Ballads, blues, and bluegrass (1961) film premiere at LA, 19 June 2012

Thanks to Louis O'Dwyer of Tullamore (where the next Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival will be held in just over three months from now) for this link to a post by Nathan Salsburg of the Alan Lomax Archive on the Mudcat Café website.

Briefly, the news is that a film, shot at a late-night get-together at the New York flat of famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax in 1961, will have its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 19 June. A DVD of it can already be pre-ordered. Those shown include some of the finest traditional and revival performers on the scene at the time, such as Roscoe Holcomb (above); there is also what may be the first footage ever shot of Doc Watson. Watch the six-minute trailer!

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