:: Title :: Commentary by Vera Hall on her mother's songs and her siblings
:: Genre :: commentary, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Hall, Vera Ward [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [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, Alabama
:: Session :: Vera Hall I 1948
:: Date :: 05/1948
:: Reference Information :: T807.0, Track 2 (00:27:20)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - In these interviews and songs, recorded by Alan Lomax at his home in New York City, Vera Hall talks about her life and sings samples of songs. Lomax is joined by his wife Elizabeth, their daughter, and an unidentified couple, who can be heard throughout the session.
2 - This session of recordings represents the only time that Vera Ward Hall left the state of Alabama. She was invited to New York by Alan Lomax to perform in the Fourth Annual Festival of Contemporary American Music at Columbia University in the City of New York, May 10th through May 16th, 1948, sponsored by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Vera performed on Saturday, May 15th, 8:30pm, at the McMillin Theater. The concert was entitled Ballads, Hoe-Downs, Spirituals (White and Negro), and Blues, with performances by Texas Gladden, Hobart Smith, Jean Ritchie, Brownie Mcghee, Vera Hall, Dan Burley, Pete Seeger, and narrations by Alan Lomax. These recordings were made not at the concert, but during the remainder of Vera Hall?s stay in New York with Alan Lomax.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Vera Hall started remembering the words to songs when she was around ten or twelve. Alan Lomax asks what she was like as a baby. Vera Hall's mother told her that she could be left alone and would entertain herself for hours. She was the youngest. Her brother, Neamias, died in childhood. Her sister Estelle was five years older; and Bessie, the oldest, was seven years older than Vera. Their father rented land and raised hogs, corn, potatoes, peanuts, peas. They had plenty to eat but not a lot of clothes. Her father would share food with many people and they would repay him by working for him during harvest times. Vera Hall feels that the Lord has blessed her and the people around her. Her oldest sister Bessie died when she was 27 or 31. Women, who work at chores all day and prepare all the meals, have more to do than men do.
:: Collection :: Vera Hall 1948



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