Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ross Hair interviewed on Near 90.3 FM

The conference might be over, but never fear: we're still here to supply you with Harry Smith related infotainment! Ross Hair was interviewed about the 60th anniversary of the Anthology of American Folk Music by Dublin's Near 90.3 FM. The audio is available below. Enjoy!

Photos and video

We're very pleased to be able to share some images from the conference. First, here's a video of Ewan D. Rodgers performing "State of Arkansas" on the day:

And here are some photos of our performers, courtesy of conference attendee Delia Dattilo:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The day after...

We couldn't be happier with the way that everything turned out yesterday - so we'd like to offer up a few final thanks. We need to thank our panellists for their fascinating papers - and, in many cases, for travelling a long, long way to be with us. We need to thank our musicians - Rapunzel & Sedayne and Ewan D. Rodgers - for bringing the day to a wonderful, fitting end. We need to thank everyone who came along to listen, watch and contribute from the floor. We need to thank all those who helped to publicise the conference in the months of planning. And we absolutely need to thank our sponsors again - proudly listed in the sidebar to the right - as well as Drew Christie for the conference logo, and Binary & The Brain for the design work, and the UEA Conference Office for all their amazing support. So, the day is done. But we're not quite finished yet. We'll be posting some video of the musical portion of the day at some point in the not-too-distant future (so yet more thanks - to James Maycock for the filming).

And we'll be back with news of another exciting project very soon. So stay tuned...
So long...for now.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

"America Changed Through Music" on Cerys Matthews' BBC 6Music show - this Sunday

Stand by your (digital) radios: this Sunday, at around 11am, Thomas Ruys Smith is going to be chatting with Cerys Matthews about Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music on her BBC 6Music show. Should be a perfect warm-up for our conference! We'll archive the audio here after the event.

Next week, Ross Hair is going to be talking to Ireland's Near 90 FM. Stay tuned for more details!

Update: You can now listen to the show on the BBC iPlayer. The interview starts at about 1:08, though this link should take you straight to the right point in the programme.

Update: For posterity, a rough and ready copy of the interview is available here: