Hamilton College's Burke Library presents Apple & Quill: Creative Arts at Burke, an innovative series focusing on creative writing, music, and the visual arts. With support from Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) and Audiovisual Services, the series is recorded and archived for future teaching and research opportunities. The spring 2014 lineup showcased Hamilton's book arts collection, and included a series of book arts themed events.
Apple & Quill, in collaboration with Hamilton's Music Department and Digital Humanities (DHi), present a performance and workshop by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. This video features Anna and Elizabeth discussing the history of the ballads that they love, and using theater to breathe life into the stories found in the music. The performance concludes with highlights from a special "crankie" making workshop.
ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT and ELIZABETH LAPRELLE are based in Southwest Virginia. They met, coming at traditional Appalachian music from different directions. Anna was in a touring old-time band. Elizabeth was singing ballads in far-away states. They came together to create a different kind of show: one that used theater and stories to show people what they love about old tunes and ballads. They also knew that keeping the music in the mountains--playing in their communities, playing for schools--was part of the job. With that, they set about making crankies, and learning stories, and trading songs and tunes.
For more information, please see annaandelizabeth.com.
Been a Long Time Traveling: 1:15
Songs by Texas Gladden/Gladden Family
The Weaver's Bonny (The Devil's Nine Questions, Riddles Wisely Expounded): 6:59
Old Kimball: 9:50
All the Pretty Little Horses (Whole Heap a Little Horses): 12:47
Songs by Addie Graham
Wouldn't Mind Working from Sun to Sun: 15:52
The Greenwood Side (The Cruel Mother): 19:07
Schooldays Over- Ewan MacColl: 26:42
Coal Creek Ballad (title unknown)- George Gibson: 29:30
Remembrance of Lella Todd as told by Letha Sexton: 34:05
Callahan- Earl Thomas: 40:50
Jubilee (Swing and Turn Jubilee): 49:16
"Callahan" by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
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