The Clifton Center, located at 227 Payne Street in Louisville, KY, has teamed up with the Association for Cultural Equity to host a two-day celebration of eastern Kentucky’s rich musical heritage, I’ve Rambled This Country Both Early & Late: A Celebration of Kentucky Mountain Music, on Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, 2014.
In the 1930s, folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the hills of eastern Kentucky, making field recordings that captured performances by people who were part of a seemingly endless cultural journey. These farmers, coal miners, and shopkeepers carried on a musical legacy born in another world and nurtured for uncounted generations in the heart of Appalachia. It is a legacy that continues to this day.
In 2013, the Lomax Archive began repatriating these invaluable cultural resources to repositories across Kentucky, and as part of that process, the Clifton Center will bring together some of our region’s most knowledgeable practitioners of one of America’s most significant cultural assets. The festival will include performances by John Harrod, Ron Pen, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and the Red State Ramblers, as well as a community dance, “shape note” singers, instrument workshops, and panel discussions.