Frank Warner, born and raised in the South, a graduate of Duke University, started his professional career in youth work with the YMCA in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1928.
Mr. Warner has for many years been a collector and interpreter of American Folk music. With Mrs. Warner, and later with their two young sons, he has utilized much of his vacation time in traveling along the Eastern Seaboard with guitar, banjo, camera, and recording machine - taking down the songs of mountain people, fishermen, farmers, miners, and other interesting people. Out of these experiences have grown articles, lectures, commercial recordings, teaching, and hundreds of public appearances before educational, civic and community audiences across the nation.
Also urgent, he believes, is the task of dissemination. Along with his widely sought recordings and programs before some 40,000 persons in Nassau-Suffolk alone, its "Y" secretary takes his newest folk song finds to summer seminars of the State Historical Association in Cooperstown, where they are studied for widespread teaching.
This family project has produced a remarkable collection of folklore which is preserved in the Library of Congress. Mr. Warner continues in his search for folksongs, which he considers important documents of America's history.
NOTE: Also see the Frank Warner Bio in the Composition Credits pages.