Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer

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This is the page where I note my thoughts about matters concerning radio production, folklore, cultural sustainability, and what I’m currently working on, as well as general musings regarding life as a folklorist/radio producer.

Rest in Peace Auriel Andrew

6 January, 2017

Auriel Andrew featured in Country Down Under, the BBC radio doc I produced about Australian Aboriginal musicians and country music that was broadcast a couple of weeks ago. On January 2nd 2017, Auriel’s husband Barry wrote to me to say that she had died that morning.  It is a sad loss. Read more

Country Down Under – broadcast today on BBC Radio 4

20 December, 2016

Country Down Under, the radio documentary which I made earlier this year, is getting its BBC Radio 4 broadcast today.  Read more

Forthcoming Radio Documentary about Australian Aboriginal Musicians and Country Music

24 June, 2016

Rachel in a Bush Hat

Rachel in a Bush Hat

I’ve just returned from an amazing first visit to Australia. I was there for two weeks, recording material for a forthcoming BBC radio programme. Provisionally entitled “Country Down Under”, the documentary looks at how American-style country music embraced by Australian Aboriginal musicians. The genre first became popular amongst Australia’s dispossessed native people during the interwar years. At that time, many worked as drovers and were stationed on large cattle ranches, or they worked on the land in other ways. They had access to recordings of Hank Williams and others via the radios and phonographs that generally belonged to their white oppressors. Read more

From Purcell to Pastry – latest in the FolkOhio radio series

15 June, 2016

The FolkOhio radio series focuses on the Buckeye State’s traditional culture and I am lucky enough to produce these pieces as part of my role at the OSU’s Center for Folklore Studies at OSU for broadcast on WOSU. Read more

Celebrating Carousels

7 May, 2016

One of the highlights of my 2015 was riding on the glorious Carol Ann Carousel in Cincinnati. This beautiful example of craftsmanship was made in Mansfield, Ohio, at the world’s largest maker of wooden carousels. Read more

Woot! My love of croissants is rewarded …

16 April, 2016

2016 Sue Samuelson letter

Introducing the Columbus Folklorists’ Circle

8 January, 2016

I wanted to introduce visitors to this site the Columbus Folklorists Circle discussion group (CFC) which myself and several OSU-based colleagues formed over the summer. We now meet every six weeks or so to discuss an issue that is current/relevant/otherwise of interest to those of us who reside in folklore world. It’s primarily aimed at anyone who identifies as a folklorist – or folklore-friendly – in the Columbus area (i.e. not just those who are affiliated with OSU). Read more

Texas Folklife’s 2015 “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute

12 July, 2015

I’ve just returned home after spending the past week as the Guest Instructor at Texas Folklife‘s 2015 “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute. Read more

Elkmont Interpreted

10 July, 2015

A couple of years ago, I was part of a team of folklorists who worked on the Elkmont Oral History Project. Read more

New Radio Documentary on Early Kentucky Women Musicians

27 June, 2015

Earlier this week, my latest feature – Banjo Pickin’ Girls and Fiddlin’ Women – was broadcast on Australia’s Radio National in their Earshot strand. Read more