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The Sunny Side of Life: The Carter Family and America's Music
London, October 2002

The Sunny Side of Life: The Carter Family and America's Music Concert and Conference Institute of United States Studies, University of London 11-12 October 2002
On 11-12 October 2002, the Institute of United States Studies will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Carter Family. The Carter Family of Maces Spring, Virginia - A.P., Sara, and Maybelle - were discovered at a Victor recording session in Bristol, Tennessee in 1927. They went on to become the first family of American country music, influencing generations of singers and musicians up to the present day, and leaving behind a songbook filled with such classics as "Keep on the Sunnyside", "Can the Circle be Unbroken?", and "Wildwood Flower". They changed the course of American music, and for 75 years the music of the Carter Family has been America's music. The Sunny Side of Life: The Carter Family and America's Music will consist of a concert and conference. The conference will explore the Anglo-Celtic roots of traditional American music, and the contribution and continuing influence of the Carter Family. Leading Carter Family experts and scholars from the US and the UK will be participating in this event. The concert will include performances by established bluegrass and old-time music performers Janette Carter, Bill Clifton, Hazel Dickens and Mike Seeger. At a time when the popularity of bluegrass music is at an all time high after the success of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou, which swept the Grammy Awards, this is a unique opportunity to hear performers who rarely visit this country. For ticket information and further details contact the Institute of United States Studies (tel: 020 7862 8693, email: iuss@sas.ac.uk) or see our website: www.sas.ac.uk/iuss/events_sunnyside.htm