You Gave Me A Song: the Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

At 84, old time music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding memories from her groundbreaking past.

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: the Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Documentary  •  2019  •  77 minutes   •  16×9  •  HD  •  English

You Gave Me a Song follows octogenerian Alice Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting,  and performances with archival film and photographs and rare audio recordings. Much of the film is told in Alice’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members who share the moving, inspiring story of Alice and others chasing that high lonesome sound.

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