Ivydale 1972
Eric Olson and Bill Hicks
(Fuzzy Mountain String Band
Tommy Thompson
(Hollow Rock String Band
from the video
"Morris Family Old Time Music Festival"
by Bob Gates
(order your copy!)
Screen captures by Michael Barker
from the Twisted Laurel Collection

From 1969 to 1973 brothers John and David Morris held old time music festivals at their homeplace in Ivydale, West Virginia.  This film captures the 1972 festival with its music, dancing and mud; and documents, as part of the festival, some of the most important traditional Appalachian mountain musicians of these times.  Tommy Thompson, Bill Hicks and Eric Olson played in memory of Bobbie Thompson, who performed at Ivydale in 1971, but died in February, 1972.  See Bill's story "The Sleeper."  The fall after this fest, Bill and Tommy went on to start the Red Clay Ramblers with Jim Watson.
the unknown clogger
Enjoy the film by Robert Gates
"Morris Family Old Time Music Festival"
order from
Omni Productions
Box 5130
Charleston, WV 25361
30 minutes, black and white, VHS from the original 16 mm film
Institutional copies $150, individual copies for personal use $25 ppd. Special Collectors edition add $5, priority mail add $5
In the film ...
Bonnie Collins
Jones Cottrill
Harry Dixon
J.P. Fraley
Sherman Hammons
Preacher Harold
Bill Hicks
Tom King
John Martin
Dave & John Morris
Gruder Morris
Minne Moss
Ira Mullins
and ...
Della Norton
Sylvia Obrian
Eric Olson
Dana Perkins
Herb Pitzer
Sparkey Rucker
Art Saxe
Jean & Lee Schilling
Glen Smith
Joe Thayer
Tommy Thompson
Lee Triplett
Homer Walker
back to the Photo Album

September 6, 2004