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Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of

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GUEST,Pseudonymous 02 Jul 20 - 03:59 AM
John MacKenzie 02 Jul 20 - 05:19 AM
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GUEST,cnd 02 Jul 20 - 09:15 AM
Senoufou 02 Jul 20 - 09:48 AM
GUEST,Pseudonymous 02 Jul 20 - 07:10 PM
Joe Offer 02 Jul 20 - 08:25 PM
Thomas Stern 02 Jul 20 - 09:18 PM
GUEST,Pseudonymous 03 Jul 20 - 08:29 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 03:59 AM

Somebody said they had heard a recording of a woman blues singer doing a field holler. But I don't know who it was, or even if this information is right. I have seen these referred to in the literature, but cannot find information about whether any were recorded, and if so, the dates of the recordings. Mudcat seems as good a place as any to ask whether people can provide more detail. I searched using the facility but could not find anything. For anybody who does not know, the term refers to 'hollers' or 'calls' made by African Americans working in the fields, and the sound has been said to be one of the many elements that went into the mix that became 'the blues'. Thank you in advance for your help. Stay safe, everybody.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 05:19 AM

Koerner, Ray & Glover issued an album, which I have a copy of, called Blues, Rags & Hollers, it might be worth your while looking for a copy of that. As for the term "Hollers", this album was the first time I had heard the term used.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues,_Rags_and_Hollers


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 06:03 AM

Koerner, Ray and Glover ??? Nowhere near.

The nearest I can think of off the top of my head is a work song sung by a woman prisoner on one of Alan Lomax recordings. Without checking my shelves I believe it was issued under the title "Dink's Song" commencing: "If I had wings like Noah's dove, I'd fly up country to the one I love. Fare thee well oh honey fare thee well".


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: GUEST,cnd
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 09:15 AM

Field hollers weren't endemic to African Americans; they were used frequently by rural whites as well.

To explain for anyone who doesn't know, hollering was a way of long distance communication before technologies for communication existed or were prevalent
Depending on the length, duration, and timing of the whoops a variety of different ideas could be communicated over a long distance since the hollering carried better than regular shouts.

For years there was a hollerin' contest in Spiveys Corner, NC where the hollerers preserved their art and practice, but I believe it may have been discontinued recently. If you're simply looking for recordings, I'm sure a number of modern recordings exist from that event; the gist of the practice is substantially the same.

Later, when I'm at a computer I can look for older recordings and see if any exist.

It may also be of interest to mention the practice of Confederate Soldiers, who would holler and yip in the battle field to intimidate the Northern army and also to motivate themselves. Based on a few recordings made from CSA vets in the early 1900s, some sound editors have recreated what an entire army would have sounded like, and let me tell you, it's intimidating.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: Senoufou
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 09:48 AM

If you wish to hear real African 'field hollers' or working songs, try the Missa Luba album by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin, the track titled 'Twai Tshinaminal'. It's on Youtube (if you type in just the track title, you can get it on its own)
It's a sort of 'back-and-forth' chant of Congolese tradition, but sung by schoolboys. Very charming.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 07:10 PM

As usual, lots of fascinating info. Thanks to all.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 08:25 PM

A YouTube search for field holler will bring up some great examples:

I'm going to crosslink some of our other threads on hollers, but there's a problem - some talk of hollers as a type of work song, and others talk of hollers as a geographical feature, others of ways of calling animals or family members, and some talk of all that stuff.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 02 Jul 20 - 09:18 PM

https://folkways.si.edu/negro-folk-music-of-alabama-vol-1-secular-music/african-american/album/smithsonian

Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: GUEST,Pseudonymous
Date: 03 Jul 20 - 08:29 AM

Thank you Joe. I should have guessed there would be definitional issues. Thanks again to all. Much interesting stuff to keep me out of trouble.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: leeneia
Date: 04 Jul 20 - 06:12 PM

If you go to YouTube and search for field hollers, you will find quite a few recordings. Explore.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 06 Jul 20 - 03:06 PM

"Field hollers weren't endemic to African Americans"
A field hi=oller FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: rich-joy
Date: 07 Jul 20 - 09:55 AM

Re GUESTcnd's 2July post re Spivey's Corner contests, I know Rounder Records produced a CD of the mid-70s events ....

R-J


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Field Hollers, especially recordings of
From: cnd
Date: 07 Jul 20 - 08:45 PM

RJ, you are correct. You can listen to the album on Spotify or watch them at YouTube (link), or buy it from Rounder (link).


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