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September 2019

The Folk Lore of Appalachian Ballads

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, 147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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Saro Lynch-Thomason (L), Illustration of "Thomas the Rhymer" by Scottish Artist Katharine Cameron (1874 – 1965) (R) In this presentation, Ms. Lynch-Thomason will explore the folklore embedded in several Appalachian ballads. The story-songs brought to Appalachia by Scottish, Iris h, and English colonizers in the 18th and 19th centuries have much to reveal about historic beliefs and traditions from the North Atlantic region. Ms. Lynch-Thomason will sing several ballads and discuss what they can tell modern listeners about animal lore,…

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October 2019

Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Upper Quad / Lunsford Commons, College St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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An all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of co-founder Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 52nd year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous performances,…

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