The Winding Stream .. at the Carter Family Fold

The Winding StreamThe Carter Family Fold along A.P. Carter Highway, north of Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special screening of Beth Harrington’s documentary The Winding Stream on this coming Sunday, April 10, 2016.

The extremely enchanting film depicts the life and music of A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter, the legendary original Carter family noted for their involvement in the birth of country music way back in the 1920s and for its legacy that was carried on by later generations. The screening is scheduled to be at 2:30pm.

Sub-titled The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music, the documentary, shot in High Definition, was nearly ten years in the making. It contains audio snippets of Sara and Maybelle Carter talking, and some of the last interviews with Janette Carter, Joe Carter and Johnny Cash.

There have been well over 60 screenings in theatres around the USA and more than 30 screenings at film festivals around the world, but there has never been a showing at what is the natural home for the documentary.

Award-winning independent film maker and the writer, director and producer of The Winding Stream Beth Harrington explains ……

Beth Harrington“The screening came about because I’ve always promised I would do a screening at the Fold as a benefit for them and our calendars and time finally worked out!

I am thrilled that it’s happening and – as one of our final screenings on our theatrical run – I feel that this is a real homecoming for the film, returning with it to where it all started.

I think showing it in that room with people who knew the original Carters, the Carter sisters and Johnny Cash personally will be a really emotionally charged event.

I’m bringing my Kleenex for sure. I was able to attend the Virginia Film Festival over a year ago with Rita Forrester, AP and Sara’s granddaughter, and we held hands and cried most of the time the film was playing!

I can only imagine feeling that way at the Fold — x 1000!”

A trailer provides a taster of what attendants at the Carter Family Fold will see …..


There will be traditional Carter Family music by Eugene Wolfe & Friends both before and after the showing of the film.

Also, a question and answer session will follow the screening. Beth Harrington, Rita Forrester, Executive Director of the Carter Music Center, and Eugene Wolf, actor, musician, and adopted Carter Family member, will be part of the panel, along with other educators and guests.

Original Carter FamilyAdmission to the screening is $5.00 for all seating. Children under the age of six are not encouraged to attend as the film is 90 minutes long and the auditorium must remain quiet. Tickets will be sold at the door only, and doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

The 16-track CD soundtrack, featuring music from the film The Winding Stream, was released last October by the re-issue label Omnivore Recordings, OVDG-150.

A 168-page book, subtitled An Oral History of the Carter and Cash Family with more complete interviews, was published in February 2014.

Information about the documentary can be found online.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.