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From folk art and folk music to simple pioneer living, many of North Carolina's residents have passed down history and traditions begun by the first state settlers. Folkways, hosted by Grammy Award-winning musician David Holt, introduces some of the people who strive to keep the state's history alive, either with splendid heritage handcrafting or continuing a vintage way of life that first appeared in the state's earlier days.

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    Gospel Music - Large

    May’s Folkways’ finale finds two eastern North Carolina pastors sharing their different styles for spreading musical messages of faith.

  • Posted on 10 May 2011

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    Dance! - Large

    Next, the infectious energy of square dancing, flat footing, and clogging from a Swannanoa gathering at Warren Wilson College steps up on Dance!

  • Posted on 10 May 2011

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    Music of Surry County - Large

    David Holt explains how a group of talented fiddle and banjo players from Surry County, NC, came to have a world-wide impact on Old Time Music. The music originated from English, Scotch-Irish, and African-American musical traditions but it was shaped and cross-pollinated into a distinctly American sound. Tommy Jarrell was one of those most widely known; his intense, driving style and contagious enthusiasm for the music has inspired generations of musician.

  • Posted on 10 May 2011

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    The Banjo

    While the banjo has enjoyed popularity in the South for over 100 years, its history in the world is much longer. The banjo actually originated in Africa, and as Folkways host David Holt explains, slowly migrated to the Southern mountains after the Civil War. The Banjo weaves together the history and technique of the instrument that has made its reputation as an icon of the South to introduce some of its most dedicated players.


  • Posted on 22 Dec 2006

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    Coastal Carvers

    In Folkways Coastal Carvers, some of the most talented carvers on Harkers Island exhibit their wares and explain how they began making decoys and why they continue. James Rose, miniature boat builder, demonstrates his boats and talks about why he built each one and the significance it has to him. Curt Salter, decoy carver and founding member of the Core Sound Guild, explains step by step how he chooses the wood for a decoy and then cuts and carves it until it resembles a duck's body and head. His collection of historic decoys from a time when they brought home dinner is also quite impressive. Wayne Davis and Carl Huff are two other carvers that have designed their own styles of decoys.


  • Posted on 22 Dec 2006

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