In Uncategorized on April 16, 2016 at 3:07 am

Sarah Bryan, a writer and UNC-trained folklorist (MA, 2003), has worked in the field of folklife documentation for nearly two decades. Specializing in the cultural heritage of the American South, she has conducted documentary work for a variety of organizations including NC Folk, the North Carolina Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Levine Museum of the New South.

Sarah is the coauthor of the books Lead Kindly Light (with Peter Honig, Dust-to-Digital, 2014) and African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina (with Beverly Patterson and Michelle Lanier, UNC Press, 2014). Additionally, Sarah serves as Editor and Executive Director of the Old-Time Herald,  and Editor of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections [ARSC] Journal.


Current projects:

Sarah’s research project Folklife of the Funeral Services Profession in the Carolinas has been supported with a 2016 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. She is also collaborating with filmmaker Will Bryan on a documentary about Southerners’ experiences of the supernatural; and consulting with the film production company One-Room Schoolhouse on a documentary short about North Carolina folk welder Ben Harris. 

Please click here for résumé and project history, and here for photo portfolio.




In Uncategorized on April 15, 2016 at 2:05 am

Please click here for a complete list of publications.
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Recent and upcoming publications:

“Put On My Clothes and Look Like Somebody Else,” an article about North Carolina blues guitarist John Henry “Guitar Shorty” Fortescue. In the Oxford American‘s 2016 Southern Music Issue No. 18.

“Word is Born,” an article about gospel music in the Carolinas, in The Wire’s Issue 394, Spirits Rejoice!

“Neap Tide,” a short story, New Haven Review, Winter 2015/2016.

“Life and Death of the Father of Modern Miniature Golf,” Southern ReviewWinter 2015/2016

“Photographs of Music,” forthcoming, Ecotone Journal, Winter 2015/2016.

“Gift With the Clippers: Artistry and Ministry at Hartsville [SC]’s Barbershop Experience,” in South Carolina Welcomes Y’all, a forthcoming collection of essays on South Carolina folklife from University of South Carolina Press.

Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South, by Sarah Bryan and Peter Honig. 2014, Dust-to-Digital. (Lead Kindly Light was featured in the Vogue article “Picturing the American South: The Year’s Best Photo Books Reveal a Vast Portrait” by Rebecca Bengal, December 20, 2015.)

Old-Time Herald

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2016 at 1:07 am

The Old-Time Herald is a quarterly magazine about old-time string band music, from or in the traditions of the American South. Published by the nonprofit Old-Time Music Group, the OTH was founded in 1987 in Galax, Virginia, by Alice Gerrard. Now based in Durham, North Carolina, we are celebrating our 30th year of publication.