:: Title :: Commentary by Bessie Jones on Watch Night vigils on Christmas and New Year's Eves
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/12/1961
:: Reference Information :: T986.0, Track 7 (00:01:16)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Bessie talks about "Watch Night" when people sing all night as they wait to greet Christmas and New Years. They are on their knees when the sun rises and they sing "O Day." Candy pulling is another, more secular, Christmas activity.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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