Saturday, March 1, 2008

Alan Lomax in the U.P.

The legendary folk-song collector toured the Northern US in 1938, and made numerous stops in U.P. cities, recording "a mass" of lumberjack songs, Finnish and French folk-tunes, and more than 100 Irish ballads sung by Domenick Gallagher and Johnny Green on Beaver Island. Other cities Lomax visited - and recorded in - include Newberry, Munising, Greenland, Ontonagon, Champion, Baraga, St. Ignace, Amasa, Calumet, Fulton, Red Lake, Hancock, Laurium and Ironwood. (He apparently came to Escanaba and stayed for a while, but made no recordings.)

Info on Lomax's U.P. recordings is scattered throughout many sources, both online and offline, too numerous to list here. One fine article about Lomax's recordings of Finnish folk-songs in the U.P. can be found here:

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