Saturday, January 21, 2006

John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection--A Fine Resource

In the course of my search for "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" lyrics, I found some good traditional music resources on the Web. Because search engines return so many "ungood" folk music resources, I thought I'd present a little "Show and Tell" about sites I can recommend. I plan to start an annotated list of resources on my Web pages soon.

John Quincy Wolf Folkore Collection: "This Website contains documents, audio recordings, and other materials from the John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection, part of the Regional Studies Center at Lyon College. It is divided into eight topical sections...." Ozark Folksongs includes transcriptions and audio files for hundreds of songs collected from 1952-1970, and Sacred Harp features Wolf's recordings of Sacred Harp singings. Other interesting sections include "Memphis Blues" (recordings from Bukka White's visits to Wolf's classroom), "Life in the Leatherwoods," Wolf's folklore publications, and biographical materials.

I've been working my way through the song collection slowly. Even these small .mp3 files take a while with my dial-up connection. The first one I downloaded seems to be representative of the collection's high quality. "Little Log Cabin in the Lane Sung by: Gus Mahon" contains a temperance version of the song I've never heard anywhere else. Mr. Mahon is a fine traditional singer, and accompanies himself on the fiddle. As a bonus, he follows up with a very nice version of "The Eighth of January," a tune played here in Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties.

1 comment:

Renee Mahon Strange said...

Hello, I just wanted to say my great grandfather was Gus Mahon, and I'm proud to see his work featured. Thanks so much, Renee Mahon Strange, Shreveport, LA