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Phil Jamison is a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including more than thirty-five years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his recently-published book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.

SELECTED PERFORMANCES (1975 - present)
Including performances the Green Grass Cloggers, Ralph Blizard, and Jenny & the Hog Drovers

  • 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, New York – “Official Square Dance Caller”
  • 1982 World’s Fair, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Alaska State Folk Festival, Juneau, Alaska
  • Austin Stingband Festival, Austin Texas
  • Birmingham City Stages, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, Virginia
  • Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, Virginia
  • Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Urbana, Illinois
  • Champlain Valley Festival, Burlington, Vermont
  • Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago, Illinois
  • Croton Clearwater Festival, Croton, New York
  • Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, Florida
  • Hamilton College Folk Festival, Clinton, New York
  • Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
  • Kent State Folk Festival, Kent, Ohio
  • KFC Bluegrass Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Lake Eden Arts Festival, Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Live Oak Festival, Santa Barbara, California
  • Merlefest, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
  • Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Museum of Appalachia, Norris, Tennessee
  • National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China
  • New York City Barn Dance, New York
  • North Carolina History Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Folklife Festival, Durham, North Carolina
  • NPR’s “Folk Masters” at Wolftrap, Vienna, Virginia
  • Old Songs Festival, Albany, New York
  • Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, Arkansas
  • Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, England
  • Seedtime Festival, Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Shanghai Concert Hall, Shanghai, China
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC
  • Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas
  • West Virginia Folk Festival, Glenville, West Virginia
  • Wheatland Festival, Remus, Michigan
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Canada

INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Bolivia, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Nicaragua, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay

TEACHING RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Alabama Folk School, Nauvoo, Alabama
  • American Dance Week at Pinewoods, Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, West Virginia
  • Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Ashokan, New York
  • Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
  • Bluff Country Gathering, Lanesboro, Minnesota
  • Chesapeake Dance Weekend, Edgewater, Maryland
  • Dare to be Square – Dance Callers Workshops: Asheville, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; Brasstown, North Carolina; Riner, Virginia; Elkins, West Virginia; Knoxville, Tennessee; Helvetia, West Virginia; Oakland, California
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, London, England
  • Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, Washington
  • folkwaysAlive! University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Georgy-Alabam Square Dance Weekend, Delta, Alabama
  • Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky
  • John C. Campbell Folkschool, Brasstown, North Carolina
  • Merlefest, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Moosejaw Music and Dance Weekend, Callaway, Minnesota
  • Ozark Folk Center, Mt. View, Arkansas
  • Þjóðlagahátíðin á Siglufirði, Siglufjordur, Iceland
  • Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Walker Creek Music Camp, Petaluma, California

RADIO AND TELEVISION

  • "Folk Connections: Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail" (BBC Radio 3, 2016)
  • "Paul and Nick’s Big (American) Food Trip" (Waddell Media, Northern Ireland, 2015)
  • "The State of Things" (North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC, 2015)
  • "Dance! – Folkways with David Holt" (UNC-TV, 2010)
  • “Good Morning America” (ABC TV, 1992)

RECORDINGS       

  • “Old Time Mountain Music” with the New Southern Ramblers (Yodel-Ay-Hee Records, 2010)
  • “Banjo Gathering” (celticguitar.com, 2007)
  • “Fox Chase” with Ralph Blizard & the New Southern Ramblers (Yodel-Ay-Hee Records, 2000)
  • “Southern Ramble” with Ralph Blizard & the New Southern Ramblers (Rounder Records, 1995)
  • “Blizard Train” with Ralph Blizard & the New Southern Ramblers (June Appal Records, 1989)
  • “Through the Ears” with the Green Grass Cloggers (Rounder Records, 1986)
  • “Ralph Blizard Fiddles” with Ralph Blizard & the New Southern Ramblers (self-produced, 1983)
  • “Backroad Breakdown” with the St. Regis String Band (Adirondack Records, 1980)

FI LMS AND VIDEOS

  • Year of the Possum: The Green Grass Cloggers 40th (Kazoo Films 2015)
  • Reel ‘Em, Boys, Reel ‘Em (Augusta Heritage Productions, 2014)
  • Square Dance History Project (Dare to be Square, John C. Campbell Folk School, 2011)
  • Dance! – Folkways with David Holt (UNC-TV, 2010)
  • Why Old Time? (Horse Archer Productions, 2009)
  • Routes (Alex Reuben, 2005)
  • Songcatcher (Trimark Pictures, 2000)
  • Ralph Blizard & the New Southern Ramblers (Fiddler Magazine, 1997)      
  • Carrying on the Tradition: Appalachian Fiddling Today with Ralph Blizard (Fiddler Magazine, 1995, 2013)