Adirondack Minstrel (1976)

About the Film

Lawrence Older [1912-1982] is a relaxed, direct and engaging performer who spent the majority of his life working in the woods. His songs and fiddle tunes are mostly from his family tradition and are representative of the local melodies and the rich musical tradition of America's northeastern states.

This stream was made from a newly restored print of Adirondack Minstrel made with a film preservation grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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Jack: “I was in the lobby of WMHT-TV, Schenectady, NY leafing through an Adirondack Mountains magazine and saw an article about Lawrence Older. After a search, I found him on a grapefruit farm in Florida, where he spent the winters. When he returned to the Adirondacks for the summer, I filmed him. Earlier I asked Pete (Seeger) for his memories of Larry and Pete said he learned a verse of “Gypsy Davy” from him. I filmed Pete sitting on a wharf on the Hudson singing that song.”

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Jack Ofield, the distributor New Pacific Productions - Distribution Services , or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Jack Ofield
  • Produced by: Jack Ofield, Bowling Green Films, Inc.
  • Cinematographer: Richard Francis
  • Sound: Harvey Kopel
  • Editor: Harvey Kopel
  • Other Credits: Lawrence & Martha Older, The Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, George & Vaughn Ward, Peter McElligott, Pete Seeger
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1976, Bowling Green Films, Inc.
  • 20 mins, Color
  • Categories:
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