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Listed below are videos of Doc in performance, on television shows and documentaries. Detailed information about the songs in each video can be viewed by clicking on the links provided. For instructional videos, see our Learning page.

Guitar Artistry of Doc Watson

This video was released in 2014 and is a compilation of Doc's performances over the years. It is wonderfully organized into sections with introductory comments by Doc from prior interviews. Sections include music in Doc's family, early radio influences, how he developed his flatpicking style, the 60's folk revival, memories of playing with Merle, and many more. This is a terrific DVD for both long-time and new Doc Watson fans to see and hear Doc playing throughout his long career.

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Guitar Artistry of Doc Watson

Rainbow Quest - Featuring Doc Watson and The Stanley Brothers

This video contains two of Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest TV shows from the 1960's. In one show, Doc appears with Clint Howard on guitar and Fred Price on fiddle. They do a number of traditional tunes out of their "Old Timey Concert" repertoire. The other show features Stanley Brothers. The group at that time included both Carter Stanley and George Shuffler on guitar and is a real treat. Carter Stanley died within a year of filming this show.

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Rainbow Quest - Featuring Doc Watson and The Stanley Brothers

Merlefest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam

To celebrate the festival's 15th anniversary, a collection of some of the best acoustic musicians in the world took the Watson Stage on Saturday night of MerleFest 2002 for Doc's 15th Anniversary Jam. The musical collaborations of this jam feature Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Patty Loveless, Allison Krauss, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglass, Tim O’Brien, Blue Highway, Chris Thile, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and more. This is simply an outstanding video that captures the magical feeling of Merlefest and roots music performed from the heart. MORE...

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Merlefest Live! The 15th Anniversary Jam

The Three Pickers

For one historic evening, American music legends Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs joined forces as The Three Pickers, to film a concert for Public Television. The music they made before a North Carolina audience is as relaxed as a front porch picking session, informed by the skill and good humor of three master musicians who contributed so much to the creation and evolution of bluegrass music. MORE...

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The Three Pickers

Doc Watson - Rare Performances 1963-1981

This collection of rarely seen video performances illustrates the power and range of Doc's talents and the evolution of his performance style. His music ranges from flatpicking guitar instrumentals, a harmonica solo, a cappella gospel singing and frailing banjo to fingerstyle guitar and warm vocals. This video captures the tapestry of sound that Doc wove during his first two decades performing outside North Carolina. MORE...

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Doc Watson - Rare Performances 1963-1981

Doc Watson - Rare Performances 1982-1993

This video starts out when Doc had already been performing for urban audiences for more than 20 years. Doc's accompanists on this video are an eclectic group. They include Doc's 1950s musical partner, pianist Jack Williams, his son Merle, Ricky Skaggs, Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, David Grisman and Jerry Douglas. This collection ends with a solo set from Doc which brings his music full circle. MORE...

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Doc & Merle

This video explores deep into the relationship between Doc and Merle Watson. It gives an historical overview of their evolution as musicians and explores the special bond between them and the North Carolina mountains they call home. This documentary is a rich mixture of music, informal interviews, old photographs and rare film footage. MORE...

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Doc & Merle

Doc's Guitar Jam

Recorded at the 1992 Merle Watson Festival, this incredible jam session brings together five masters of flatpicking guitar -- Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence and Steve Kaufman. Together they harmonize, improvise and burn the strings on a set of fiddle tunes, country classics and hot guitar instrumentals. Two bonus tracks are also included of Doc playing with his friends David Grisman, Mark O'Connor, Tim O'Brien, Roland White, Jerry Douglas, T. Michael Coleman and others. MORE...

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Doc's Guitar Jam

Doc & Merle Watson - In Concert

Doc is joined by his son Merle on guitar and banjo and T. Michael Coleman on bass in this concert recorded in 1980. Their performance is a showcase of traditional folk and a display of distinctive stylistic inventions.A visit with Doc and Merle at home in Deep Gap, North Carolina and in concert in Rock Hill, South Carolina is also included. MORE...

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Doc & Merle Watson - In Concert

Doc Watson & David Grisman in Concert

In this unique concert video Doc and David with their friend Jack Lawrence present their unique blend of country, jazz, bluegrass and folk-music. Doc Watson has known David Grisman since the latter was a teenager stunning veteran performers at New York City folk clubs in the 1960s. MORE...

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Doc Watson & David Grisman in Concert

Legends of Flatpicking Guitar

In this 90 minute video Doc Watson appears in a half dozen performances, ably supported by the late Merle Watson in one segment and by Jack Lawrence in the others. Other stellar flatpickers on the video include Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Dan Crary. Other master musicians appearing include Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck and Jerry Douglas. MORE...

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Legends of Flatpicking Guitar

Legends of Country Guitar

This video brings together rare footage of four legendary figures in the story of country guitar. The video features Merle Travis, Mose Rager, Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Especially rare are the two Mose Rager segments. Other performers include Jerry Reed, Thom Bresh, Jack Lawrence and T. Michael Coleman. MORE...

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Legends of Country Guitar

Legends of Traditional Fingerstyle Guitar

This video is a collection of filmed and videotaped musical performances by some of America's greatest fingerpicking guitarists, including Merle Travis, Doc & Merle Watson, Elizabeth Cotten, Roscoe Holcomb, Josh White, Sam & Kirk McGee, Mance Lipscomb, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Rev. Gary Davis. MORE...

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Legends of Old Time Music

This rare video collection presents some of the finest old-time musicians playing in a variety of styles. Artists appearing include Clarence Ashley, Roscoe Holcomb, Tommy Jarrell, Doc Watson, Clint Howard, Fred Price, Pete Steele, Sam McGee and Jean Ritchie. MORE...

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Legends of Old Time Music