Jamye Stone and the Lomax Project will be at Wintergrass 2015 for 3 performances. The Lomax Project for this tour features Jamye with Margaret Glaspy, Brittany Haas, Eli West & Joe Phillips. The Project focuses on singing songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.
THE LOMAX LEGACY
“Alan Lomax was a folklorist,ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political
activist, oral historian, and filmmaker.
Lomax is most famous for his work in the penitentiaries, plantations, and lonely farms of the Mississippi Delta, where he returned no less than seven times between 1933 and 1985 to listen, observe, fraternize, and record night after night, year after year; but he repeated this feat with astounding results in hundreds of obscure places in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa. Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and the Reverend Gary Davis
were only a few of the many geniuses, famous and obscure, who were in reality telling us the true story of our country over Alan’s microphone. The sympathy, connoisseurship, and technical avant-gardism he poured into his work in every platform—from theinterview to the printed page, concert stage, commercial disc, and scholarly article—yielded some of the most passionate and intimate documents of any era, which might have been lost but instead led to the ecumenical vision of the world’s music we have today. But more than this, what Alan Lomax had in mind was the renewal of the forgotten springs of human creativity.”
—Anna Lomax Wood
Here is a clip of the Lomax Project playing a tune of old time fiddler Tommy Jarrell -Susan Ana Gal.