You Gave Me a Song offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. The film follows eighty-four-year-old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings. Much of the film is told in Gerrard’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members who share the story of Gerrard and others chasing that high lonesome sound. This is one woman’s story of being traditional, never conventional. This is a film about getting older, but never giving up. You Gave Me a Song is brought to the Ramsey Center by She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers, an initiative of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Tickets [free] will be available here starting August 2, 2021. Ticketholders will receive a link to watch the film on September 23 at a time of their choosing. Then, at 8.30 pm, attendees will convene via Zoom for a Q&A session with Alice Gerrard and filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer.