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Published on Aug 24, 2018
Made in collaboration with Pilobolus, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn present the official video for "Come All You Coal Miners/Take Me To Harlan", from their most recent album Echo In the Valley. Get your copy here: http://found.ee/BAEchointheValleyAmz-a
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn pay tribute to the deep Appalachian heritage found in Harlan, KY in this visually powerful collaboration with NYC-based dance company, Pilobolus. In "Come All You Coal Miners/Take Me To Harlan", inspired by their 2017 album Echo in the Valley, Fleck and Washburn celebrate a Southern past life while reflecting on timeless human behaviors still relevant in today's world.
"Come All You Coal Miners" is their take on Sarah Ogan Gunning's ballad surrounding the struggle for worker's rights. An early 20th century coal miner’s wife from rural Kentucky, Gunning centered her life's work around protecting the basic human rights of those affected by the coal mining industry in her community.
Transitioning into their original tune, "Take Me To Harlan" celebrates the common theme in humans’ connections to their homes and the pattern of human movement away from home places toward urban centers. It's theme of deep remembrance reflects on the struggles of growing up and the choice to leave, coupled with the profound love that remains in our old home places, despite the pain we might have experience there.
Cinematographer- Smokey Nelson Gaffer- Tyler Harmon- Townsend Editor- Alex Trierweiler Color Correction- Josh Bohoskey and Evan Bauer; The Mill Photography - Noelle Panepento Location: 1896 Studios & Stages: Loren Erdrich, Studio Manager Streets of Tarrytown, NY
Created in collaboration with Pilobolus Directed by: Itamar Kubovy, Renee Jaworski, and Matt Kent Producer: Jake McIntyre Choreography: Matt Kent & Renee Jaworski Assistant Choreographer: Mark Fucik Dancers: Jake Bone, Nate Buschbaum, Krystal Butler, Heather Favretto, Mark Fucik Company Manager: Kirsten Leon General Manager: Daniel Ordower Props and Scenery: Greg Laffey Production Director: Shane Mongar Production Assistants: Rebecca Zarb & Amanda Turner