They sought the real thing in remote places, in the Appalachian mountain region and in southern prisons.

They sought the real thing in remote places, in the Appalachian mountain region and in southern prisons. They recorded work songs sung by prison inmates, cowboys singing in bars, hill folk singing and plucking on their banjos, the authentic sounds of American folk culture.


They were the renowned “songcatchers,” John Lomax and his son Alan. The story of their quest for authentic American roots music will be told by folk music fan Tim Holt this Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir.


Holt will tell how they dragged their early recording equipment up hills and over creek beds, to remote mountain cabins far removed from the big cities and centers of commercial music. The songs they discovered and popularized included “Home On The Range,” “Midnight Special,” and “John Henry.”


Join Holt in this celebration and singalong of American roots music, “The Songcatchers: John and Alan Lomax and the Quest For American Roots Music,” at the Siskiyou Arts Museum. Call (530) 235-4034 for more information or go to siskiyouartsmuseum.org.