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Homegrown Concert Series Online Archive

Homegrown 2012 posterAll of the materials from the Homegrown Concerts are available to visitors in the Folklife Reading Room. Select on the year of the concert or the name of the performer or group to read the full descriptions and to access any additional materials that may be available online. Concert webcasts are available online except as noted.

The American Folklife Center's Homegrown concert series presents the very best of traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States. The nine monthly concerts each year are free of charge, and are presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library's historic Coolidge Auditorium. One of goals of the series is to bring the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the Capitol.  To make sure that we are getting the very best artists from all regions of the country, we work closely with state folklorists in each state, who advise us on artists and styles of performance that are important in their regions.  The Center also works with several other areas of the Library, as well as the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center,External Link to stage this series of concerts. 

In addition to being a series of concerts for the public to enjoy, the Homegrown series is also an important acquisitions project for the Center. The Library of Congress has been documenting traditional music by staging and recording performances since the 1930s, when Alan Lomax recorded Jelly Roll Morton in the Coolidge Auditorium, and many other musicians in the Library's recording lab.  This has resulted in a great number of high-quality recordings in the American Folklife Center archive.  The Homegrown concerts are also documented and become part of the permanent collections of the Library of Congress for future generations to enjoy and study.

All concerts are free of charge and do not require tickets for admission. For the current schedule of Homegrown Concerts, go to the What's Happening at the American Folklife Center page.

2012 Concert Series

Mariano Gonzalez y sus Invitados Especiales (Mariano Gonzalez and his Special Guests): Paraguayan Folk Harp Ensemble from Nevada, September 26, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Los Tres Reyes: Mexican Trío Romántico from Texas, September 13, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

The Singing and Praying Band: African American A Capella Sacred Music from Delaware and Maryland, August 23, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor: Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music from Kanawha County, West Virginia, August 16, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Les Bon Hommes Du Nord: Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux, with Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer:
French-Canadian Fiddle Music & Songs from New Hampshire
, August 8, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Ruže Dalmatinke: Traditional Croatian Singing from Washington State, July 18, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Unukupukupu Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai'i Community College, Hilo, Hawai'i, June 26, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole Upper Louisiana French Creole Music from Missouri, June 21, 2012. (webcast forthcoming)

2011 Concert Series

Agustín Lira and Alma & Quetzal: Cantos de mi cantón (Songs from My Home) Chicano Music from California, September 14, 2011.

Sophia Bilides with Mal Barsamian and Mike Gregian Traditional Greek Smyrneika music from Massachusetts, August 24, 2011. (webcast forthcoming)

Daniel Boucher and Friends Traditional French-Canadian fiddle music from Connecticut, August 17, 2011.

Ann Yao Trio Traditional Chinese Zheng Music from Florida, July 27, 2011.

Kiu Haghighi with Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh: Persian Santour and Tombak Music from Illinois, July 20, 2011.

Tim Tingle and D.J. Battiest-Tomasi: Oklahoma Choctaw Storytellers and Flute Players, June 29, 2011.

Tony Ellis, Banjo Master from Ohio With the Musicians of Braeburn, June 22, 2011.

Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps, May 25, 2011.

2010 Concert Series

The McIntosh County Shouters — Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia, December 2, 2010.

Carlos Nakai — American Indian Flute Music from Arizona, November 17, 2010.

The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band — Bluegrass from Indiana, October 13, 2010.

Marimba Linda Xelajú: Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland, September 15, 2010.

Steve Meisner and Friends: Milwaukee-Slovenian Style Polka from Wisconsin, August 25, 2010.

Amuma Says No: Traditional and Contemporary Basque Music from Idaho, July 14, 2010.

Marce Lacouture with David Greely and Kristi Guillory: Cajun Music from Louisiana, June 23, 2010.

New North Carolina Ramblers — Old-Time Stringband Music, May 19, 2010. (webcast forthcoming)

Balla Kouyaté and World Vision — Traditional Malian Music from Massachusetts, April 28, 2010.

Other 2010 Concerts:

Sibirskaya Vechora presented music and dance from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. October 12, 2010. (webcast and flyer essay forthcoming)

2009 Concert Series

The Berntsons — Traditional Norwegian-American Dance Music from Virginia, December 3, 2009.

Barbara Lynn and Friends — Texas Rhythm & Blues, November 18, 2009.

Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski and Cowboy Singer-Composer Wylie Gustafson from Montana, October 7, 2009.

Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin — Traditional Passamaquoddy Music from Maine. September 16, 2009.

Sreevidhya Chandramouli and Friends — Northern Indian Vina Music from Oregon. August 20, 2009.

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers — Quartet Style A Capella Gospel Music from Kentucky. July 16, 2009.

Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac — Aztec Dance Ensemble from Pennsylvania. June 18 , 2009.

Brendan Carey Block and Friends — Cape Breton Fiddle Music from New Hampshire. Brendan is accompanied by his father, Rich Block, on bass and by Flynn Cohen on guitar. May 28, 2009.

Other 2009 Concerts:

Legends and Legacies Concert: Concert celebrating Joseph T. Wilson and the Acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection, coordinated and produced by NCTA (this link goes directly to the webcast. Includes performances by Jerry Douglas, Tom Mauchahty-Ware, Thomas Ware, III, Chester Tieyah, Jr., Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, Mick Moloney, Josh Dukes, Phil Wiggins, Corey Harris, and the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters. This concert forms part of the symposium and events. To view information for all the events go to Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore, (currently only the concert webcast is available)

Korean Culture Art Program and Concert (this link goes directly to the webcast; running time 1:39:32). October 29, 2009. A concert of traditional music celebrating the gift of Korean musical instruments to the Library. Examples of wood carvings and calligraphy were also presented. This event was sponsored by the Korean Team of the Asian Division, the Asian Division Friends Society, Music Division, American Folklife Center, the Korea Foundation, and the KORUS House at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

2008 Concert Series

Surati — Classical and Folk Indian Dance from New Jersey. November 19, 2008.

Bar J Wranglers — Cowboy Music from Wyoming. October 2, 2008.

The Bajich Brothers — Serbian-American Tambura Music from Kansas. September 17, 2008.

Gary Haleamau — Traditional Hawaiian Music from Las Vegas (The Ninth Island). August 20, 2008.

The Zionaires — Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware. July 24, 2008.

Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra — Albanian Music from New York, celebrating 40 years of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. June 19, 2008.

Opalanga Pugh — African American storytelling from Colorado with Askia Touré on voice and drum. May 28, 2008.

The Beehive Band — Traditional Mormon String Band Music from Utah. April 24, 2008.

Major League Tassa — Indo-Caribbean drumming and dance from Queens, New York. January 31, 2008.

Another 2008 AFC Concert:

In 2008 the following concert was not part of the Homegrown Series. This was part of AFC's Rediscover Northern Ireland Events 2008 and is available as a webcast.

Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionán Sands, from County Down, Northern Ireland, October 9, 2008.

2007 Concert Series

Gandydancer — Traditional String Band Music from West Virginia. December 12, 2007.

Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner — Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe present traditional hoop dancing. November 15, 2007.

Aubrey Ghent and Friends — Sacred Lap Steel Guitar. October 17, 2007.

Dáithí Sproule, singer and guitarist & Robert Watt, Highland bagpiper. May 23, 2007.

The Sama Ensemble — Traditional Iranian Music and Dance, April 25, 2007.

Flory Jagota and Friends, traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and the world. March 21, 2007.

Reverb, gospel/inspirational harmony group from Washington, DC. Special event for African American Heritage Month. February 7, 2007.

Other 2007 AFC Concerts
In 2007 the following concerts were not part of the Homegrown Series. These were associated with AFC symposia and are available as webcasts.

Seeger Family Concert evening concert held as part of the sympoisum "How Can I Keep from Singing?": A Seeger Family Tribute on March 16, 2007. The concert link will go to a concert log page with a link to the webcast.

Rosie Stewart concert that was part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007. May 9, 2007. The concert title link will go directly to the webcast. Time 1:03:59.

Francis McPeake Family and past pupils from their renowned school in Belfast, Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007. May 16, 2007.

2006 Concert Series

The Gannon Family — Irish Music and Dance from Missouri. November 15, 2006.

Sonny Burgess and the Pacers — Rockabilly Music from Arkansas. October 18, 2006.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver — Bluegrass and Gospel Music from Tennessee. September 13, 2006.

Mary Louise Defender Wilson & Keith Bear — Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa Storytelling and Music from North Dakota. August 16, 2006.

Natasinh Dancers & Musicians — Lao Music and Dance from Iowa. July 26, 2006.

The River Boys Polka Band — Dutch Hop Polka Music from Nebraska. June 21, 2006.

James "Super Chikan" Johnson & Richard Christman — Blues Guitar from Mississippi. May 23, 2006.

David & Levon Ayriyan — Armenian Music from Rhode Island. April 12, 2006.

"Mister Jelly Roll, Mister Lomax and the Invention of Jazz" lecture presented by writer and jazz scholar John Szwed with examples performed by pianist Dave Burrell. January 18, 2006.

See also, 2006 Botkin Lecture Series: "Waking up the People," presented by Linda Goss, professional storyteller.

2005 Concert Series

Birmingham Sunlights — African American Gospel Quartet from Alabama. December 7, 2005.

Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers, November 16, 2005.

Negrura Peruana — Afro Peruvian Music and Dance from Connecticut. October 12, 2005.

Carter Family Tribute — Old Time Music from Virginia. NEA National Heritage Fellow Concert. September 20, 2005.

Benton Flippen and the Smokey Valley Boys — Old Time music from North Carolina. August 17, 2005.

D. W. Groethe — Cowboy Songs and Poetry from Montana. July 20, 2005.

Margaret MacArthur — Ballads and Songs from Vermont. June 21, 2005.

Chu Shan — Chinese Opera Institute from Maryland. May 18, 2005. (No webcast available)

Liz Carroll with John Doyle — Irish American Fiddling from Illinois. April 21, 2005. (No webcast available)

2002 Concert:

Blind Boys of Alabama
The following webcasts are exerpts from the Blind Boys of Alabama June 5, 2002 Homegrown concert on the steps of the Neptune Plaza, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress that featured founding members Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, and George Scott.

Blind Boys of Alabama: "Amazing Grace," lyrics by John Newton.

Blind Boys of Alabama: "Way Down in the Hole," a song by Tom Waits.


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