From the Mountains to the Sea is a two-hour, multimedia/live presentation. It features the voices of the singers, photographs of the tradition bearers and their land, and the insights gained by the Warners as they traveled through rural America from 1938 to 1966 in search of old songs. It is crafted together and performed by the Warners’ two sons, Gerret and Jeff, who are career filmmakers and musicians. arrow READ MORE...
  • Nathan and Rena Hicks, and Nell
    Nathan and Rena Hicks, and daughter Nell on Beech Mountain, NC, above their house, 1938
  • Frank Proffitt and Buna Hicks
    Frank Proffitt and Buna Hicks, Beech Mountain, NC, 1959
  • Anne Warner recording Sue Thomas
    Anne Warner recording Sue Thomas in Elizabeth City, NC, 1941
  • Lee Monroe Presnell 1951
    Lee Monroe Presnell, Beech Mountain, NC, 1951
  • Lena Bourne Fish Duke
    Lena Bourne Fish, East Jaffrey, NH, 1940
  • John Galusha and Flash, with Jeff Warner, Minerva, NY, 1946.
    John Galusha and Flash, with Jeff Warner, Minerva, NY, 1946
  • Frank and Anne Warner, Rebecca King Jones
    Frank and Anne Warner recording Rebecca King Jones, Durham, NC, 1940
  • Nathan and Rena Hicks, and Nell
    Nathan and Rena Hicks, and daughter Nell on Beech Mountain, NC, above their house, 1938
  • Frank Proffitt and Buna Hicks
    Frank Proffitt and Buna Hicks, Beech Mountain, NC, 1959
  • Anne Warner recording Sue Thomas
    Anne Warner recording Sue Thomas in Elizabeth City, NC, 1941
  • Lee Monroe Presnell 1951
    Lee Monroe Presnell, Beech Mountain, NC, 1951
  • Lena Bourne Fish Duke
    Lena Bourne Fish, East Jaffrey, NH, 1940
  • John Galusha and Flash, with Jeff Warner, Minerva, NY, 1946.
    John Galusha and Flash, with Jeff Warner, Minerva, NY, 1946
  • Frank and Anne Warner, Rebecca King Jones
    Frank and Anne Warner recording Rebecca King Jones, Durham, NC, 1940
“For many years the Warners spent every vacation and every scrap of spare cash on their recording trips.
It was a continuous act of unpaid, tender devotion to American folk song and a life-long love affair
with the people who remembered the ballads.
Out of this experience comes [a] ballad hunter’s adventure story—
rich in the stories of how the songs were found and who the singers were.
Their voices and their stories cause American history to resound from these pages—a history of the struggles of working people.”
— Alan Lomax