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Folklife Flashes
August 2015

Celebrate our state's folklife and traditions!

It's Hot 

No two ways about it. It's the time of year when my northern-living sisters mention in every conversation how glad they are not to live where I do. But in the last month I've spent a lazy afternoon tubing down the Eno River in the Piedmont, and stuck my head under a miniature waterfall in Montreat. We've got sizzling hot music to go with our sizzling August temps, and ice cream to cool ourselves off. And I get to teach one of my favorite classes, too. So even this time of year, give me NC!
--Joy M. Salyers, Executive Director



Video of the Capitol City Five performing at the 2013 Statewide Folklife Festival in Carrboro.

This gospel group has been performing for decades, and still packs a punch with every performance. Here's what IndyWeek had to say about this great act in 2008:

"...the space is filled with a combined 475 years of wisdom and grace....

These gentlemen have been singing together for a healthy chunk of those 475 years. Millard Jones, a wiry 85-year-old who could pass for 20 years younger, started singing in a gospel group in Raleigh in the early '40s, but the other members of that ensemble have all passed away by now. His two younger brothers caught the singing bug early on, the choir at St. Matthew Baptist Church providing their initiation just as it had for Millard Jones, so the three began performing together. Thomas joined in 1952, and the Capitol City Five really took flight. Bass singer Baldwin signed on in 1966, and Boyd, who provides prerecorded percussion tracks as well as a sixth voice, came aboard in the early '70s.

'We try to sing straight old gospel with harmony,' says Millard Jones, in customary understatement. The Capitol City Five has earned its renown as makers of harmony music, with the distinctively different tones of the singers' voices circling, swooping and blending to dramatic and uplifting effect."
Read the rest of IndyWeek's article and hear audio clips here

View photos of the Capitol City 5, and all the other great performers at the 2013 Statewide Folklife Festival, in this collection on our archive site.

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  • Jim Kennedy walks readers through his own entry into archiving photos, document, and audio recordings, and provides simple plain-English guidelines and recommendations.
  • If you know you should organize and back up your digital photos, but you don't know where to start, check out this clear (more plain English!) tutorial on storing and archiving digital photos.
  • Review key findings of the Finance Fund's 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector here or follow the link to the full report.
  • We just LOVE this model for making cultural tourism work in rural areas without a lot of existing tourism destinations! Wisconsin's Fermentation Fest includes roadside "Culture Stands," pop-up "Pasture Performances," and a driving tour whose route changes every year. Does it give you ideas?

A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle


Watch 1985's A Singing Stream in its entirety from Its producers call it the "first film to document twentieth-century African American history through the musical traditions and experiences of one family." The Washington Post said, "There is so much song, laughter, love, and genial warmth that your TV set could very easily overheat.” Learn about the fabulous new Kickstarter campaign to retransfer this documentary treasure here

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by Malinda Dunlap Fillingim

The young boy at the ice cream store eagerly requested a large portion of ice cream on a fancy waffle cone. His mother said he could get a small cone, not the large one he requested. After a few minutes of whining, the mother relented and gave him the double scooped cone of chocolate ice cream, Read more...

Malinda Dunlap Fillingim NC Food post "Lessons from the Churn" from June 27, 2014.
Deborah Miller (l) with Executive Director Joy Salyers

We are sad to say goodbye to Program Administer Deborah Miller. We will keep up with her on her blog and you should, too! 


This month, our featured product is in celebration of the NC Bluegrass Festival. Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina welcomes readers into the rich worlds of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and string band music, as well as clogging, flatfooting, and other forms of traditional dance. Learn more...

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