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Swannanoa Tunnel(s) on ibiblio

Roger McGuinn began placing a new folk song on the internet for free download on November 1, 1995 at his Folkden site. That first song was a cowboy song, “Old Paint.” Now 18 years and over 200 songs later Roger shares his version of “Swannanoa Tunnel,” a song I first heard performed not far from Swannanoa by Lamar Bascom Lunsford in the 1960s.

Another ibiblio-hosted site, Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index cites 17 other versions of the song and some alternative tunes and lyrics and names.

You can enjoy this musical bit of North Carolina history as performed by Roger here:
Swannanoa Tunnel
Image source and more about the Tunnel at Black Mountain Heritage Mural Project

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The Bomb and ibiblio

With bombs like these, who needs enemies

In 1961, hydrogen bombs was dropped in eastern North Carolina. By all accounts, it’s still there in the middle of a field near Faro, NC. Cliff Nelson, Nick Harrison, Andrew Leung and Megan Butler created a web-based report on the bomb for JOMC 188, Cybercasting and Cyberpublishing in Fall 2000. Like much of the material here at the Public’s Library and Archive, it’s here and as live, as perhaps the bombs themselves.

The bombs have gotten some new attention in a Guardian exclusive report (here).

You can read the ibiblio-hosted report, “Broken Arrow: The Truth [as it was known in 2000] Behind North Carolina’s Brush with Nuclear Disaster” and see what’s been found since 2000.

small bomb

Note: corrected contact information for Cliff Nelson now in article and here.

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Bluegrass Discography & International Bluegrass Music Association

World of Bluegrass - Raleigh, NC

The International Bluegrass Music Association is meeting in Raleigh this coming week – September 24 – 28. There is a lot of good music of all kinds hosted on, but one of our favorite resources for musicians is Charley Pennell‘s Bluegrass Discography. Charley has been “Principal Cataloger for Continuing Resources: Acquisitions & Discovery” over at North Carolina State University for some time now, but he brought the Discography to back when he was up in Canada and we’ve been delighted to be the home for his great project.

We’re proud to be helpful to Charley (who got all the work done) and to the Bluegrass Music community — and proud that Charley Pennell will be recognized with a “2013 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” from the International Bluegrass Music Association on Thursday September 26.

Charley Pennell's Bluegrass Discography

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