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13 May 2011

Fractured Florida Factoid Friday

Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2011
Open daily at 8:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida

One of America's oldest and largest folk festivals.

Highlights include music by...

Sam Pacetti grew up in North Florida, hardly known as a hotbed of either the folk tradition or musical innovation. At age 13 he found the music of both Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, profound influences on his early musical development. Then fate intervened shortly afterward in the person of Gamble Rogers, the legendary picker and raconteur from St Augustine who took the young Pacetti under his wing. It was a time of astonishing musical and emotional growth. Pacetti and Rogers me and played weekly for a year, until tragically Rogers died while trying to save a drowning tourist caught in an undertow at FlaglerBeach, Florida. Though brief in their time together, Rogers was able to instill in Pacetti the importance of the folk process, the passing of music and oral tradition from teacher to student. Pacetti still counts Rogers as his most influential mentor. read more...

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