Morgan Sexton: Banjo Player from Bull Creek materials, c.1991

Sub-Series ap.afc.07.04

28 Video cassettes
6 Photo prints
1 Boxes
Part of: Appalshop Films Collection, 1969-2015 > Series VII. Appalshop Films 1991-1999 > Morgan Sexton: Banjo Player from Bull Creek materials, c.1991
Scope and Contents
Contains material related to the color documentary Morgan Sexton: Banjo Player from Bull Creek, a 1991 release.  The film profiles 80-year-old banjo player and National Heritage Fellowship Award-recipient Sexton.  In interviews he recounts his life and how a series of family tragedies required him to work while still a boy.  He describes gathering crops, logging timber, cutting railroad ties, and later working in the coal mines.  Sexton and his nephew, banjo player Lee Sexton, chat about learning music from their elders and each other, and the old days when, after a hard day's work, they would "roll up the rug" to play music and dance with the neighbors. Intercut with these stories are Sexton's renditions of songs including "Little Birdie," "Wagner's Lad," "Bonnie Blue Eyes," "London City Where I Did Dwell," and "Beautiful Doll."    Subjects include banjo music, rural conditions, and social conditions of the Appalachian region.