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American folk music authority will perform in Athens, speak on campus

Joe Hickerson, a leading authority on American folk music as an archivist, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and performer (voice and guitar), will perform in Athens on Nov. 15 and speak on the university campus the following day.

Hickerson will perform in concert at the Flicker Theatre on Washington St. in downtown Athens Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. There will be an admission charge.

He will speak the following day, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in room 265 Park Hall. His lecture is titled “O Brother, Where Have All the Songcatchers Gone?” This presentation is free and open to the public.

His visit to Athens is sponsored by the UGA Center for Humanities and Arts, the Department of English and the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society.

Hickerson has used his expertise to document the interface between orally produced and ­mechanically/electronically reproduced music. Now retired from the Library of Congress where he was head of the Archive of Folk Culture, ­Hickerson continues his other work, including his own concerts and recordings and performances with others, such as Pete Seeger.