The Field Recorders' Collective is an organization dedicated to the release
of materials (music and photographs) from private collections. Your support
for this extremely-focused project is important. In purchasing products
from the Field Recorders' Collective, you will be making it possible for
us to continue this endeavor and provide funds back to surviving musicians,
immediate families and those collectors in the group attempting to maintain
often endangered collections.
Although some recordings in the collection have been shared between collectors
informally, never before have they appeared with the higher quality found
in the FRC releases. This is because of the technology available using
pro-audio digital workstations. Further, these recordings have never before
been generally made available to the old time and traditional music community.
In so doing, the Field Recorders' Collective hopes to "democratize"
these collections and see them form a public archive. This is opposed
to seeing them disappear in the "black hole" of university and
government archives which are, at best, difficult to gain entrance to
or at worse, only for those with credentials for accessing them. We hope
you will find the FRC releases an important addition to your traditional
The growing group of collectors providing materials includes:
- Ray Alden
- Andy Cahan
- Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music
- Susie Goehring – for the Jeff Goehring Collection
- Peter Hoover
- Reed Martin
- Kilby Spencer
- John Cohen
The Field Recorders' Collective is attempting to keep the cost of the
CDs and the shipping economical through several factors.
- Use environmentally friendly cardboard sleeves that can be sent at
high speed through priority mail without incurring the abnormally high
cost of mailing multiple jewel cases.
- Although the cardboard jacket prevents us from producing a large
packet of information to accompany each CD, we will gradually provide
more complete liner notes and additional information in the Notes
section of our Web site.
- The Internet now allows us to sell our CDs on-line. We hope that
by adding this function to the web site we can reduce your time and
mailing costs in sending checks.
We hope that you will enjoy the FRC releases and support our efforts.