Events

Cecil Sharp Historic Photographs Exhibit

This is the first US exhibit of rare, century-old photos taken by British song collector Cecil Sharp. The photographs feature some of the singers Sharp visited during his travels. Cecil Sharp and his assistant Maud Karpeles collected variants of English ballads between 1916-1918; their collecting work began in Hot Springs, NC, with the help of Olive Campbell, founder of the John C. Campbell Folk School. By the end of their 46-week travels through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, the pair had collected more than 1600 variants of English ballads collected from 281 singers.

While the songs have been published, photos of the singers taken by Sharp have never been exhibited in the United States. The exhibit is part of a three-year centennial observance of Sharp’s and Karpeles’ work.

Project coordinator Donald Hughes of Rougemont, NC, explains. “Sharp would send photos back to the singers as a gift of remembrance.  The strong desire to document and the personal nature of his relationship with the Appalachian people resulted in a set of powerful and introspective images for history to hold.”

Sharp summarized the travels, writing, “It is no exaggeration to say that some of the hours I passed sitting on the porch (i.e. verandah) of a log-cabin, talking and listening to songs were amongst the pleasantest I have ever spent.”

These photographs are on display with permission from the English Folk Dance & Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, London.


Event Details

Location Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Blowing Rock, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Music Styles
Event Type Exhibit
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible

Contact Info

Phone (828) 295-9099
Email info@blowingrockmuseum.org
http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 10:00am - 5:00pm