Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution the national museum of the United States. They are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation preservation and dissemination of sound. Folkways Records believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials Folkways Records seek to strengthen people s engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Our mission is the legacy of Moses Asch who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people s music " spoken word instruction and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987 and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity education increased understanding and lively engagement with the world of sound. First patented in 1881 by German instrument repairman Charles Zimmerman the autoharp first reached popularity as a novelty instrument. By 1900 while that fad had passed the autoharp found an enduring home in the southern mountains. This compilation features a variety of performers as well as extensive biographical notes about each contributor.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We present music of, . See contact information and details about Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Complete your Smithsonian Folkways collection. Discover what's missing in your Smithsonian Folkways discography. Shop Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl and CDs. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of this historic album, Smithsonian Folkways expanded the original CD with 6 bonus tracks, enhanced packaging, and extended notes. Original Vision now provides even more insight into the impact of Woody Guthrie' . Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 71K likes. Music of the people, by the people, for the people www.folkways.si.edu