Jan will be at the Nantucket Atheneum Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for a showing of our “Sing Behind the Plow” documentary featuring the Folk School, followed by a Q&A with Nanette and a wonderful concert. Read their article below or visit their website for more information.
From the time that John C. Campbell married his bride, Olive Dame, whose family has lived on Nantucket since 1867, they shared a dream: to improve the quality of life in Appalachia while preserving its rich traditions. After traveling the region in a wagon, both realized that education – a non-competitive folk school – was the answer. Olive Dame, through her determination after her husband’s death, opened the doors of the John C. Campbell Folk School in 1925 in tiny, rural Brasstown, North Carolina. The 50- minute documentary, Sing Behind The Plow, captures their story, the history of Appalachian culture, and the visionary work of John and Olive Dame Campbell.
The film will be followed by a musical performance and a Q&A with Jan Davidson the Director of the John C Campbell Folk School, his wife Nanette, the school’s Resident Artist in Cooking and leader of Dame’s Rocket Morris Dancers. Joining Jan in the family band is his daughter Chloe, singer and Chocolate Lounge manager in Asheville, NC, bassist and Asheville chef Joey Leccese, and Jan’s nephew, Davidson Mulkey of Brooklyn, who is a musician and lighting technician for the NY Metropolitan Opera. They will play songs and fiddle tunes from the Southern Appalachians.
John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The Folk School’s motto, “I sing behind the plow,” reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.