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January 17, 2013

Step Back in Time: Jan. 17, 2013

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Jan. 17, 1963

Alan Lomax, foremost collector of folk songs in the world and the person primarily responsible for the folk song revivals that are sweeping the country today, will be one of the guest artists appearing at a Festival for the Arts program to be held on the Hartwick College campus Feb. 3 through 8.

An author of 12 authoritative books on folk songs, including “Mister Jelly Roll” which was written on a Guggenheim Fellowship, Mr. Lomax has recorded over 100 albums. In 1939 he produced the first five albums in the “Archive of American Folk Song” series. This has since grown to 80 LP’s. During this period, Lomax introduced Burl Ives, Josh White, and Woody Guthrie to the national radio and record audience.

Mr. Lomax has made two documentary films widely shown in this country and Britain, two ballad operas for the BBC and a folk musical in London. In 1946 he produced “Midnight Special,” the first folk song series presented at the New York Town Hall.

His program on the Hartwick campus will be entitled “The Saga of American Folk Song,” a singing history of the U.S.A. Mr. Lomax will appear in the Hartwick chapel on the evening of Feb. 4 to discuss his collecting activities and sing some of his favorite songs.

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