Thursday, June 28, 2007

Talking with the Turners....

After much too long a delay, we've been able to get some of the "Talking with the Turners" documentation up online. Over the next few weeks, we hope to post many of the audio interviews, but we have a substantial number of photographs and text up and ready. Thanks to Randy Mack for his thorough work back in 1981 - many of these potters have passed on and this material stands to offer a glimpse into their particular tradition. More to come!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Unfortunate news...

By Times & Democrat STAFF
Monday, March 26, 2007

Reginald Jarvis, the second of five brothers who blended their voices to form a renowned a capella quintet, died Sunday, Bythewood Funeral Home announced Monday.

Jarvis, 71, of Orangeburg, was joined by brothers Ulysses, Donald, Anthony and Rogers in performing as the Jarvis Brothers. They have been regulars at Orangeburg events for years, recently writing and performing a song in honor of The Times and Democrat's 125th anniversary.

But the group's fame extends far beyond Orangeburg. They have performed their spirituals in Washington at the Smithsonian and in New York at the Apollo Theater, also before Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. They represented the state of South Carolina in the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. And they have received South Carolina's highest honor for the arts, the Verner Award.

For most of his career as an English and/or choral music teacher, Reginald Jarvis also performed with his siblings. The baritone performed for one year with the Emmanuel Middleton Chorus in Manhattan, N.Y., and for three years with the Hall Johnson Choir, which provided music for the motion picture "Green Pastures." He lent his talents to the Savannah (Ga.) Symphonic Chorale for several years when he resided there. In his last performance with the group, he played the role of the Page, in "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

After Claflin University, Jarvis did studies in vocal music at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.; Savannah State College and Armstrong State College in Savannah, Ga., and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.

The Jarvis Brothers received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 1989.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

2007 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards

Congratulations to Alda Smith and Louise Miller Cohen, South Carolina's 2007 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients! Find all sorts of info of them under the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Program link on the Digital Traditions website.

More to come!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Website visits increase...

Since launching in mid-September, the Digital Traditions website has seen well over 20,000 site visits! We are very encouraged by the positive reaction for folks throughout the region. We continue to work on website improvements and have most recently added a new resource entitled the "Folklife Writer's Forum." The project allows folks to have their writing and other relevant research published electronically on Digital Traditions. We want to especially encourage students to utilize this resource. More to come!