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Phil Jamison is an old-time musician, flatfoot dancer and square dance caller, as well as a professor of mathematics and Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and has just published the book, “Hoedown, Reels and Frolics,” 2015, which tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia.
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