If you like folk songs, jazz and or world music, this interim January course is for you. “Roots music” refers to any music that starts as the collective expression of a culture. It includes folk music, but also jazz and the written songs of Woody Guthrie or the Carter Family. This January we’ll look at how the interest in authentic “old time” music became part of the folk revival. We’ll begin with a film of two revival groups, The New Lost City Ramblers and The Greenbriar Boys. We’ll then listen to some of the old time performers who were brought to New York City, primarily by Izzy Young of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village. Some of the materials will highlight the difficulties of using the term “folk music,” and show why “roots music” may be more accurate.
No need to pre-enroll since there is no class size limit; just come to the first class session.