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"Eastern Love" by Rahim AlHaj

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Rahim AlHaj performing "Eastern Love" from his upcoming release "Letters from Iraq" on Smithsonian Folkways.

"Dueling Harp" Rendition of Classic "Pájaro Campana" by Martin Portillo and Marcelo Rojas

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Harpists Martin Portillo and Marcelo Rojas perform a "dueling harp" version of the classic "Pájaro campana."

"Down South Blues" by Dave Van Ronk from Down in Washington Square

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Dave Van Ronk performs "Down South Blues" at the Barns at Wolf Trap as part of a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

"Don't You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound)" by Dave Van Ronk

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Dave Van Ronk performs "Don't You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound)" at a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

"Dog Days of August" by John Cephas and Phil Wiggins at 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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The Piedmont blues is a type of blues music distinguished by a unique finger-picking method on the guitar. The Piedmont blues was born in the Piedmont area on the East Coast of the USA, which stretches from about Richmond, Virginia, to Atlanta, Georgia. Yet Piedmont blues musicians come from surrounding areas as well, such as Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Renowned Piedmont blues musicians John Cephas and Phil Wiggins met at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the late 1970s and have been playing Piedmont blues together ever since. Here they discuss the origins of the East Coast Piedmont blues and showcase their style.

"Cupido" by Tereso Vega and Quetzal Flores at 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Jarocho musician Tereso Vega from Xalapa, Mexico improvises lyrics to "Cupido" accompanied by Chicano musician Quetzal Flores on jarana at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

"Carmelina" by Los Pleneros de la 21 in Tribute to Marcial Reyes Arvelo at 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Los Pleneros de la 21 perform "Carmelina," a traditional plena in tribute to the great plenero Marcial Reyes Arvelo, a founding member of the group and author of the piece. Jose Rivera, in his singing, places himself firmly in the classic school of the plena, referencing pleneros who influenced his musical upbringing. By including this version with panderetas (different sized circular frame drums), and a güiro(gourd rasp) Los Pleneros de la 21 give the listener the opportunity to taste the fresh, simple, and wonderful flavors or the traditional creole plena.

"Call & Response" by Ella Jenkins at 2009 Smithsonian Folklike Festival

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Ella Jenkins, Folkways Childrens artist performs for families at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. More about Ella Jenkins

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" by Joe Glazer at the 2001 Power and Glory Concert

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Since the Industrial Revolution, working people have been organizing and campaigning for better treatment from their employers. The labor movement and its unions struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions, and many other benefits. Music is an important tool in the labor movement to motivate workers and help build solidarity. Joe Glazer (1918-2006), often called "Labor's Troubadour," was one of America's noted historians of labor song. Glazer founded Collector Records in 1970 to distribute music of the labor movement, including his original songs. Here he discusses his life's work and music.

"Big Train (From Memphis)" The Seldom Scene by Long Time…Seldom Scene

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The Seldom Scene perform their popular rendition of "Big Train (From Memphis)" at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial concert.

"Beer-Drinking Polka" by Max Baca and Flaco Jiménez from Legends & Legacies

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The music of GRAMMY-winning conjunto artists Max Baca and Flaco Jiménez is steeped in the traditions of their families and region.

"Ay te dejo en San Antonio” by Los Texmaniacs from Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds

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Los Texmaniacs and Augie Meyers perform “All About Avocados,” at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
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