Alabama Folklife Festival and Folk Sampler Stage Collection

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LPR323 (local)
1989 - 2002 (Inclusive dates)
The collection consists of 236 cassettes and digital audio tapes (DAT) of musical and storytelling 
performances from the Alabama Folk Life Festival (1989-1992) in Montgomery, Ala., and from the Alabama Folk Sampler Stage at the City Stages music festival in Birmingham, Ala. (1991-2002). Many of the performances are by local and amateur regional performers and groups who never recorded commercially. Genres and styles include bluegrass, blues, gospel, traditional Irish music, sacred harp and old timey string band. Supporting materials include festival programs, artist's contracts and newspaper clippings.
Creator and/or Contributor
King, Willie Earl (contributor), Macon, Albert (contributor), Thomas, Robert (contributor), Birmingham Sunlights (Musical group) (contributor), Four Eagle Gospel Singers (contributor), Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (contributor), Sterling Jubilee Singers (contributor), Sullivan Family (Musical group) (contributor)
General Note

The Alabama Folklife Association was founded in 1980 as a non-profit volunteer organization to promote awareness and appreciation of the state's folklife. The Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, was created in 1990 with the mission of documenting and preserving all areas of Alabama's folk life. The Alabama Folklife Festival and the Alabama Folk Sampler Stage at the City Stages festival in Birmingham were begun by the Alabama Folklife Association and the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture in order to present and highlight to the public the diversity and importance of Alabama's folklife. The Alabama Folklife Festival was held in Birmingham as part of the outdoor City Stages music festival from date to date and for three years in date to date in Montgomery. The Folk Sampler Stage at City Stages was held yearly until 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Original recordings restricted. 

Digital copies unrestricted.

Supporting materials unrestricted. 

1 (record center box)
1 (archives box)
1 (oversize box)
75 (cassettes)
161 (digital audio tapes)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
African Americans--Music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Bluegrass music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Blues (Music) (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Celtic music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Fiddlers--Alabama (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Folk music--Alabama (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Gospel music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Mariachi (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Old-time music (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Shape-note singing--Alabama (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
audiocassettes (Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT))
digital audio tapes (Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT))
Alabama Folklife Association (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Preferred Citation
Alabama Folklife Festival and Folk Sampler Stage collection, LPR323, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History.