Friday, September 16, 2011

Highwoods String Band and Green Grass Cloggers Documentaries

Horse Archer Productions, the makers of the films Why Old Time* and The Henry Reed Legacy^, have two new old time related documentaries in the works.  The subjects are 1970’s old time bands Highwoods Stringband and the Green Grass Cloggers.  Both films will address the history, influence and legacy of these groups and are set to be released in spring 2012.

Upstate New York’s Highwoods Stringband were largely responsible for the pre-O Brother surge of interest in traditional Appalachian stringband music in the 1970's, but until now their story hasn’t been properly told.  All five original band members - Walt Koken and Bob Potts (fiddles), Mac Benford (banjo), Doug Dorshug (guitar) and Jenny Cleland (bass) – are involved in the film.

The 2nd documentary covers the Green Grass Cloggers, a dance band formed at East Carolina University in 1971 and currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.  The filmmakers will address the history and cultural significance of this mountain music group who introduced a new and exciting approach to traditional square dancing.

Horse Archer needs your help funding these projects.  You can assist by purchasing and pre-ordering DVDs, posters, t-shirts and more.  Click on the link below for details.

Here's some info and clips from their previous two productions.

*Why Old Time looked into why modern day people play old time music.

^The Henry Reed Legacy detailed the life and musical legacy of Giles County, VA old time fiddler Henry Reed.


  1. Highwoods Stringband and the Green Grass Cloggers are among the best bands in the 70's. Do you have videos of them?

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