North Florida Folk Music: History & Tradition

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North Florida's proud folk music heritage reaches back more than half a century. The region claims many talented artists and song writers, including Frank Thomas, Bob Patterson and Charlie Robertson, while hundreds of solo, duo and group performers regularly inspire audiences at local venues. The Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs is the home of the Florida Folk Festival, the longest continuous state-sponsored folk festival in the country, held every year on the banks of the Suwannee River. Join author and folk musician Ron Johnson as he shares some of the stories and insights into the folk music of North Florida and those who define the tradition.
ISBN: 9781626195806
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Images: 49
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ron Johnson is currently serving as president of the North Florida Folk Network (NFFN) and he writes a semi-daily blog for the Florida Times-Union ("Today in Florida History"). He is a regular participant at the Florida Folk Festival, Barberville and the Will McLean Festivals and he writes and records his own original songs, many of them about Florida. He won the 2011 Will McLean Song of the Year with his tune "Rescue Train, " and has won several song contests in Fernandina and St. Augustine.
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