This film introduces Bernard Cyrus of Wayne County, West Virginia. Bernard is a musician, instrument maker, hunter, gardener, tale teller, old-time person, and avid regional botanist. Ancient Sounds is a term Bernard uses to describe the music he likes and plays. Wild Orchids have been his passion. From boyhood memories of two old-time musicians and neighbors, he developed a love for the banjo and dulcimer, played them, and in later life undertook to make custom banjos and dulcimers in his workshop.
From his grandmother, neighbors, and eventually books, he developed a passion for knowing “what was around me.” This led to a lifetime of important botanical discoveries in the West Virginia woods. An avid photographer, Bernard’s fine photography is showcased within the film. This DVD offering visits Bernard at his home on Big Hurricane Creek.
A film by Gerald Milnes
Still photography and music by Bernard Cyrus
Cover design by Marilyn Palmer Richards
AHCMS-08 DVD – 74 minutes – $20