We are calling these "home videos" since they were never intended to be released  (although the audio was used on a few Arhoolie albums). As soon as small, portable video recorders were available, Chris Strachwitz carried one on his travels. First Video 8, then Hi-8, then early digital, and now HD digital. Shot at a restaurant, from the audience, in the field, at a party, or in a living room, the circumstances for capturing the image and the sound were not always optimal, but he captured an amazing array of musicians.


Amari Szi Amari   –   1999

Sonny Simmons with Michael White
& Frederick Harris – Land of the Freaks   – 2000

Los Pingüinos Del Norte “Prenda Del Alma” – 2000
Danny Poullard & Friends
“Gran Nuit”
The Savoy Family Band
“La Danse Carrée/McGee’s One-Step”
Los Campesinos de Michoacán “Tu Delirio” – 1987
Los Pingüinos Del Norte “Juan El Valiente”
Hermann Härtel Group
1998 – Graz, Austria

Old time string band music from Zakopane, Poland
1993 – Unknown Group – videoed by Chris Strachwitz
Renée de la Prade

Canray Fontenot with Michael Doucet
– 1993 –
Dewey Balfa “Fiddle Sticks”


The Chris Strachwitz Archive – Home Videos — 4 Comments

  1. You can find two tracks by them on the Arhoolie CD Uncensored Folk Music of Austria

  2. I love the energy of the Hermann Haertel Group. Did they make any CDs or other recordings?

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