Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

JULY 20, 2018, 7:00 PM, No Tickets Required

From the Mountains to the Sea Jeff Warner, Frank Warner, Gerret Warner, and Frank Proffitt, Photo by Anne Warner

Mumford Room, James Madison Memorial Building

Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington

From the Mountains to the Sea is a two-hour live presentation with multimedia, focusing on the Anne and Frank Warner collection.  The Anne and Frank Warner collection is one of the great treasures in the American Folklife Center archive, containing a wealth of material collected by the husband-and-wife team of folklorists from 1938 to 1966, as they traveled through rural America in search of old songs. This important collection contains such seminal field recordings as North Carolina farmer Frank Proffitt’s rendition of the murder ballad “Tom Dooly.” This field recording was adapted and recorded in 1958 by The Kingston Trio, whose version became a number one hit, won the very first Grammy in country music, and set off the folk boom of the 1960s. Frank Warner was also a popular folksinger, and the Warners’ sons, Jeff and Gerret, got their start as musicians backing up their dad on his recordings and performances; they have been renowned performing musicians for over 50 years. Career musicians and filmmakers, they created this two-hour live multimedia presentation about the Warner collection, featuring not only their own sparkling performances, but also the voices of the singers recorded by their parents across rural America, along with corresponding photographs of the tradition bearers and their homes. It is full of the warmth of the Warners and the country wit of their new friends.  Jeff and Gerret grew up listening to the songs and stories of the traditional singers their parents met during their folksong collecting trips, and they offer valuable insights into the lives and adventures of one of the nation’s most eminent families of folksong collectors. In so doing, they contribute immensely to our understanding of the Warner collection, one of the most important in the AFC archive.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.