Folk America

January 30, 2009

Landmark three part series for BBC4 on the making and marketing of American folk music, from the recording boom of the 20s – Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Dock Boggs – through the political folk movement of the 30s and 40s – Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger – to the huge 60s folk revival – Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, the Byrds. It’s the story of America in the twentieth century.

“One of the best music documentaries I have ever seen – how could it be this good?”
Charlie Gillett

“admirable series”
The Times

The Telegraph

Time Out


  • Focus International Award for Use of Archive in Documentary Film – Finalist 2010


Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer Jill Nicholls
Series Directors Jill Nicholls, Benjamin Whalley
Researcher Luke McMahon
Film Editor Allen Charlton
Cinematography Daniel Meyers