Tomorrow’s Traditional Music History... Filmed Today!

Explore Three Documentary Film Series

Conversations with North American Banjo Builders


Conversations with today’s roster of extraordinary artists and craftsmen that build this remarkable instrument.

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Conversations with
Old-Time Performers


Conversations with those musicians that have dedicated their lives to passing on the flame of Traditional music.

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Conversations with folklorists, ethnomusicologists, violin and guitar builders, Old-time music publishers and more!

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“Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the flame.”

–Gustav Mahler

“History books and the internet can report the facts of one’s life. But meeting and filming the real person, face-to-face in the context of their lives, hearing and seeing their passion in describing their life’s adventure can tell you more about their heart and soul (the ‘fire’) than any printed biography.”

–Craig Evans, Filmmaker

Comments from Filmmaker, Craig Evans

Franco-American music performer, teacher and historian, Donna Hebert.

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been to recognize the performers, teachers, instrument builders and historians dedicating their lives to ‘continuing the flame’ of Traditional Music.”
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William Ferris - Film-maker

“I’ve been inspired by the beauty and history captured in the films of William Ferris and John and Alan Lomax. And like most musicians, I’ve been deeply influenced by the love and passion of Harry Smith, present in every part of his seminal anthology. I wish to continue the documentation of this precious musical tradition and community... especially during this dynamic time!”

Anthology of American Folk Music

“In keeping it present, dynamic and alive, their personal efforts make enormous contributions to society, culture and the individuals in front of them. I'm humbled to record their precious stories for posterity and to personally thank them for their amazing musical/artistic contribution... one that genuinely makes the world a better place."

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The Clifftop Reels

Every year, Craig travels over a thousand miles to attend the Southern Appalachian String Band festival, commonly know as Clifftop. Up to four-thousand Old-time musicians from around the world and all 50 states gather to commune and celebrate the music.

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