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Folk, Blue Grass, Americana and Traditional

America’s Musical Heritage Learn how to listen to the music of America. Produced in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 12 episodes explore more than 200 years of music from Scott Joplin, the Memphis Jug Band, Woody Guthrie, and others.

Echo In The Canyon Celebrate the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Folk and Traditional Arts in America Documentary focuses on the National Heritage Fellowship and awardees. The film demonstrates the importance of  folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America.

Jamesie, King of Scratch: A Spirited Musical Journey to the U. S. Virgin Islands The grass-roots folk music from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Quelbe lyrics are a form of oral history relaying the day-to-day trials and tribulations of living on a small Caribbean island.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Over a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure – a contradiction that eventually tore him apart.

This Ain’t No Mouse Music Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz discovered, and shared, a musical landscape most Americans missed. He has carried his tape recorder from sharecrop shacks to roadside honkytonks, from cantina dives to wild Blues clubs.

Transatlantic Sessions: Best of Folk 28 stellar artists from North America, Scotland and Ireland perform twelve folk favorites, old and new.

You See Me Laughin: The Last Mississippi Bluesmen A personal journey into the lives and music of the last of the Mississippi hill country bluesmen – farmers and laborers first, musicians second.

World Folk and Traditional Music

Asiklar: Those Who Are In Love Documentary about minstrels who have been part of Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Ashiks sing stories and poems, accompanying themselves on the saz. Their music are essential elements of countryside life.

Folktale From Two Lands From opposite ends of the globe come two animated tales illustrating that the wishes and fantasies of people are similar folk themes the world over.

Genghis Blues Academy Award nominee, official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, the film follows San Francisco bluesman, Paul Peña, as he makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

Sound of Heimat: The Roots of German Folk Music In a musical road movie New Zealand-born musician Hayden Chisholm sets off on a discovery trail of German folk music.

The Art and Music of Iceland Explores the prevalence of animals and landscapes in paintings, the country’s vibrant street art and mural scene, the ways Icelandic folk music blends poetry and melody, and more.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble An international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.