Won't You Come and Sing for Me? The Music of Hazel and Alice (Folk Legacy Series)
Join us for a virtual exploration of the musical legacy of bluegrass pioneers Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard.
The event will feature performances by International Bluegrass Music Association vocalist of the year award winners Laurie Lewis and Dudley Connell, fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and clawhammer banjo player Allison de Groot. Following their performances, the musicians will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Lewis and Gerrard with record producer Peter Siegel.
When Dickens and Gerrard recorded their first album, “Who’s That Knocking?,” in 1965, bluegrass music was dominated by male performers. The duo’s renowned performances have made them role models for future generations of women in bluegrass.
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This event is the first in the Southern Folklife Collection’s two-part Folk Legacy Series celebrating great legacies in American vernacular music: bluegrass pioneers Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard and legendary blues musician John Lee Hooker. The virtual events are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored through generous support from the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation. (The second event, Boom Boom! The Music of John Lee Hooker, will take place November 4, 2021.)
The University Libraries’ Southern Folklife Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating traditional and vernacular music, art and culture related to the American South.