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Cultures from the United States

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"Oh, John the Rabbit" Music Video
Duration 2:03


Music video from Elizabeth Mitchell's upcoming album Sunny Day available October 5, 2010.

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"Little Bird, Little Bird" Music Video
Duration 2:57


Music video from Elizabeth Mitchell's album You Are My Little Bird released in 2006.

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Tom Wisner, Bard of the Chesapeake
Duration 8:09


Tom Wisner interview in Lusby, Maryland.

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Sarah Lee Guthrie Interview
Duration 3:28


Sarah Lee Guthrie talks about the inspiration for her new children's album Go Waggaloo.

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Los Texmaniacs Interview and Performance
Duration 4:48


Los Texmaniacs add creative touches to bring traditional conjunto music to younger audiences.

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Ella Jenkins performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Duration 2:57


Filmed at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival for the Giving Voice program.

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Ella Jenkins' Workshop
Duration 1:16


Ella Jenkins demonstrates how to teach rhythm by using the limberjack dancer in a workshop.

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Ella Jenkins in conversation
Duration 1:35


Ella Jenkins, world-reknowned children's recording artist, released her first 10-inch vinyl album, Call and Response.

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Ella Jenkins performs "I Know a City Called Okeechobee"
Duration 2:29


Ella Jenkins sings her song "I Know a City Called Okeechobee" before a sold out crowd.

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Pete Seeger live performance and interview
Duration 8:41


Clips from the Smithsonian Folkways Concert in honor of Ella Jenkins at the Music Center at Strathmore.

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Pete Seeger sings "English Is Crazy"
Duration 3:21


Regarded as the dean of 20th-century folk singers, Pete Seeger started recording for Folkways in 1943.

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Pete Seeger discusses political songs
Duration 2:44


Pete Seeger lent his voice and energy to causes he believes in for more than sixty years.

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National Anthem by Pete Seeger
Duration 5:32


Pete Seeger Sings the U.S. National Anthem at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial in 1995.

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Mike Seeger performs "Walking Boss" at the Folkways studio
Duration 3:15


For over fifty years, Mike Seeger has been a musician, documenter, and tireless advocate.

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Mike Seeger's interview at the Folkways studio
Duration 2:56


Mike Seeger talks about his childhood and early days in music.

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Mike Seeger discusses Early Southern Guitar Sounds
Duration 6:28


Flimed in 2007 at the Folkways studio in Washington, D.C.

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Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet
Duration 4:24


Michael Doucet performs with David Doucet and Mitchell Reed. Recorded live at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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Banjo great Tony Trischka discusses the instrument
Duration 2:45


In the early 1970s, Tony Trischka spearheaded a movement to innovate the sound of the banjo.

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Bess Lomax Hawes Interview
Duration 3:21


Bess Lomax Hawes discusses the 13th Annual Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert held in her honor in 2007.

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Bernice Johnson Reagon in conversation
Duration 2:39


Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer, activist, and historian, organized multi-racial.

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The Paschall Brothers perform "God Said He Would Move/On the Right Road Now"
Duration 4:11


Filmed at the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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The Paschall Brothers rehearse "I'll Be Satisfied"
Duration 3:24


Tidewater gospel quartet is a long and proud a cappella tradition, and the Paschall Brothers are among its last tradition-bearers.

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John Jackson performs "Steamboat Whistle"
Duration 2:50


The blues became a prominent American musical form at the turn of the 20th century.

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Joe Glazer discusses music in the American Labor Movement
Duration 6:30


Since the Industrial Revolution, working people have been organizing and.

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Freedom Singers perform "We Are Soldiers in the Army"
Duration 3:46


Music was essential to the African-American struggle for civil rights and equality.

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Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys perform "Little Birdie"
Duration 3:54


Filmed at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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John Cephas and Phil Wiggins discuss the Piedmont blues style
Duration 4:56


The Piedmont blues is a type of blues music distinguished by a unique finger-picking.

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Hazel Dickens performs "West Virginia, My Home"
Duration 4:55


Hazel Dickens became an accomplished bluegrass performer at a time.

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Doc Watson "Deep River Blues"
Duration 4:48


Watch Doc teach and play "Deep River Blues" with his flat top guitar.

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Dewey Balfa recalls the lyrics to a Cajun waltz
Duration 2:41


Dewey Balfa is an impassioned ambassador for Cajun music and culture, fiddler and singer.

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Dewey Balfa in performance and conversation
Duration 2:47


Dewey Balfa plays a Cajun fiddle tune and speaks to the importance of regional culture.

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Elizabeth Cotten performs "Freight Train"
Duration 2:23


Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten built her musical legacy on a firm foundation of late 19th- and early 20th-century.