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Folk Music Download

Posted on: Jun 6, 2013 @ 2:25:00 pm

Every two weeks, Alexander Street and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings offer a free music download from the popular online collection

In the 1850s, clockmaker Matthias Hohner began making harmonicas in Germany. By the turn of the century, his market expanded to America where African Americans, among countless others, claimed the instrument as their own. Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways brims with the creativity of soulful harmonica greats of the 20th century, including Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Phil Wiggins, and more.

Culled from the historic Folkways Records collection and live performances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, these recordings take us to the heart of the classic American blues tradition.

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