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North Carolina Folklore Society honors 2017 Brown-Hudson Award-winner Leroy Savage

October 8, 2017  ·  Sunday * 4-7pm * NO Cover / donation welcome

Help us honor N.C. bluegrass great Leroy Savage as the North Carolina Folklore Society presents him with the 2017 Brown-Hudson Award. From 4-7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, join the New Deal String Band, Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson, Tommy Edwards and more special guests. It’s free!

4 pm Welcome by North Carolina Folklore Society.
4:10pm Tommy Edwards & members of Leroy Savage Band. Music and story-telling.
4:55pm Frank Greathouse. Music and story-telling.
5pm Alice Gerrard and Jim Watson + special guest artists
5:55pm short intermission
6pm Joy Salyers presents the Brown-Hudson Award on behalf of NCFS.
6:05pm Performance by original New Deal String Band + guest artists
7 p.m. close

No less a musical master than Sam Bush has bestowed upon North Carolina’s Leroy Savage the title of “Father of Newgrass Music.” Newgrass – a subgenre within bluegrass music – is generally associated with New Grass Revival, the revolutionary band founded by Bush in 1972, and featuring such acoustic icons as Bela Fleck, John Cowen and Pat Flynn. The band brought the energy and ethos of rock and folk into the music of Bill Monroe. But before New Grass Revival, North Carolina’s New Deal String Band was melding rock and folk with bluegrass, with Savage’s powerful lead singing appealing to a younger segment of bluegrass festival fans.

Since 1913 the North Carolina Folklore Society has worked to promote and celebrate North Carolina heritage. Our goal as an organization is to support folklore practitioners and professionals, and  honor the  our state’s culture through publications and awards. Folklore professionals serve our communities through policy building, legal advocacy, conflict resolution, economic development, exhibit design and curatorship, academic research, multi-media production, and classroom curriculum development. Our goal is to support these professionals, to provide them with a network of resources that allow them to share, promote, and celebrate their work.

The NCFS publishes the North Carolina Folklore Journal, holds an annual meeting of folklorists, and recognizes the work of folklore professionals with the Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards.

For the past century, the North Carolina Folklore Society has supported folklore practitioners and professionals and honors our state’s culture through publications and awards, which include the Brown-Hudson Award and the Community Traditions Award.

The Brown-Hudson Award recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the transmission, appreciation and observance of traditional culture and folklife in North Carolina. Past winners include artists, scholars, documentarians and activists such as Vollis SimpsonJoe ThompsonDoc and Merle WatsonEtta Baker, Archie Green, Ray Hicks, Adolph Dial and Alice Gerrard. The award was created in 1970 in memory of Frank C. Brown of Duke University, a prolific documenter of N.C. folklife, and Arthur Palmer Hudson, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of the Society’s Journal.

Photo by Dave Brainard