Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina
August 6, 2015 through July 16, 2016, 2nd floor, South gallery
South Carolina’s culturally diverse history has contributed to a wide variety of contemporary traditional music in the Palmetto state. For hundreds of years, music traditions in South Carolina have mingled and evolved from their pre-colonial antecedents to the present, creating vibrant communities with rich forms of musical expression.
Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina looks at the many cultural groups that brought music traditions with them to South Carolina, how these traditions evolved since their introduction, and what they sound like today. Exploring the role that music plays in South Carolina today, the exhibition will examine the foundations of its various music traditions - from Gullah and Old-Time Country to Spirituals, Gospel, Norteño music and Bluegrass - tracking the individuals who passed these traditions on, the instruments they used, and the new generations of musicians that are carrying music of the Palmetto State into the future.
The exhibition catalog, Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina, is now available for purchase.
Image: Harold Wayne Turner, Dulcimer, 2010, red maple, walnut (poke berry stain), pearl inlay, McKissick Museum Collection, 2011.04.01