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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I am so sorry to hear this

Jean Ritchie, Who Revived Appalachian Folk Songs, Dies at 92
Jean Ritchie, who brought hundreds of traditional songs from her native Appalachia to a wide audience — singing of faith and unfaithfulness, murder and revenge, love unrequited and love lost — and in the process helped ignite the folk song revival of the mid-20th century, died on Monday at her home in Berea, Ky. She was 92.
Jean Ritchie, 1922 - 2015
"I see folk music as a river that never stopped flowing," she told The New York Times in 1980. "Sometimes a few people go to it and sometimes a lot of people do. But it's always there."
Here she is playing one of my favourite folk songs:

This is lovely:

Finally, one she wrote herself, about mountaintop removal, a controversial practice here in Kentucky:

1 comment:

Bob said...

Thanks for sharing this. I bought a dulcimer of my own in 1980 when I was a senior in high school, Jean Ritchie's book was one of the few available back then.