This documentary film about the Queen family captures Appalachian culture and authentic American folk music traditions at their source and in all their unvarnished charm. Mountain tradition and the closeness of family and neighbors are here expressed in exuberant folk music, played together with family and neighbors outdoors on the porch. The songs come in many forms and from many sources. At age 92, family matriarch Mary Jane Queen has a vivid recollection of tales and ballads, learned in childhood days, that date back several centuries, and her singing style retains the authentic cadence and delivery of the original Irish sean-nós song form. Special features include “The Ballad of Mary Jane Queen,” “The Queen Family – Mountain Music,” and “Outtakes.”
2006. DVD. 28 minutes plus bonus features.