Written by (or possibly 'collected by') AP Carter and first recorded by The Carter Family in 1928. The Carter Family were one of the first famous country bands, having been one of the acts recorded at the Bristol Sessions in 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia (the town straddles the border, with State Street marking the divide between the two states, as anyone who knows the Steve Earle song Carrie Brown will know). The Bristol Sessions produced the first nationally distributed country music recordings and have been described as country music's 'big bang'. Bristol TN/VA manhole covers have Birthplace of Country Music on them; we're still waiting for the Birthplace of Trip Hop ones to be fitted in our Bristol.
So they were already national stars in the States when they recorded Will You Miss Me in 1928; they recorded another version in 1935. Our version is based on this version, featuring Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, and Bess Hawes, obviously having a fine time:
Other notable versions include Emmylou Harris, June Carter Cash (who was the daughter of Maybelle Carter, one of the original band, and, of course, married to Johnny Cash), and Swedish country pop superstars First Aid Kit.
Sunday 17 September
Busking on the Peaceful Portway
Sat 23rd September
2.00 - 3.00, Mina Rd Railway Tunnel for the St Werburghs Arts Trail.
Joint Concert with People of Note, St Pauls Church, Bedminster.
Saturday 9 December
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert, Colston Hall.
Saturday 16 December
Christmas Concert, St Albans Church
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute Atrium
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All