Homemade American Music (1980)

About the Film

A history of rural southeastern traditional American music, as told and played by Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard. Mike and Alice recount their own involvement with this music, and briefly trace its history as we meet their mentors: the late Tommy Jarrell, Lily May Ledford, Roscoe Holcomb, Elizabeth Cotton and many other musicians.

Filmed in 1978 and 1979 in the states of Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington and California, the film follows Mike and Alice home, and to folk music festivals where a new generation of musicians are picking up and passing on American traditional music. The filmmaker grew up with this rich and beautiful music and wanted to share it with younger generations who might not be aware of it and its role in American cultural history.

Homemade American Music is available on DVD from the filmmaker Yasha Aginsky and from Vestapol Videos .


  • Prize Award American Film Festival and Cine International


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Yasha Aginsky, Carrie Aginsky, the distributor Aginsky Productions, or Folkstreams.