Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham (1971, Blanton Owen) [with subtitles]

Published on May 30, 2021
This 1971 film by folklorist Blanton Owen captures rare footage of Tommy Jarrell on fiddle and Fred Cockerham on banjo, playing together on Cockerham's front porch in Low Gap, North Carolina.

Original film elements found in the Blanton Owen Collection #20027 (, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Laboratory film preservation work by Colorlab ( Funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation (

Learn more about the preservation grant and the film on the Southern Folklife Collection’s blog, Field Trip South:


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