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The Thistle & Shamrock: The American Folklife Center At 40, Part 1


The American Folklife Center's collections include recordings of Woody Guthrie, taken at the Library of Congress.

The American Folklife Center's collections include recordings of Woody Guthrie, taken at the Library of Congress.

Al Aumuller, Library of Congress

In 1976, the American Folklife Center was created at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Charged with preserving and presenting American folk traditions, its collections and events also embrace cultures from every corner of the globe — and it houses about 6 million sound recordings. We join in with the AFC’s 40th anniversary celebrations as folklorists Nancy Groce and Steve Winick guide us through some of the Center’s remarkable recordings of iconic songs. Hear Part 1 this week, and look out for Part 2 next week.

Read more about the AFC’s 40 years of work.

Featured Songs

  • Woody Guthrie, “Gypsy Davy”
  • Seamus Ennis, “As I Roved Out”
  • Jeannie Robertson, “My Son David”
  • Hamish Henderson, “Highlander’s Farewell To Sicily”
  • Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”
  • Carrie Grover, “Arthur McBride & The Sergeant
  • Paul Brady, “Arthur McBride & The Sergeant
  • Jean Ritchie & Norman Kennedy, selections from the 1966 Newport Folk Festival
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