Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 2:00pm
Sing, play and/or listen to songs that Penn State folklorist Samuel P. Bayard collected in counties on the West Virginia borders with Pennsylvania and Ohio. Bayard worked in West Virginia mostly in the 1930s. We will learn to sing/play several of these ballads. Together we’ll explore why they remain meaningful. There will be a brief presentation about Bayard's stellar but largely unpublished work in compiling northern Appalachian ballads, with background information about the source singers and their communities, as well as a few notes on how these songs are living links in the chain of North American, British-American and Irish-American ballad traditions. And we'll very briefly discuss the Bayard Project, by Beth Folkemer and Dearest Home, which is bringing these songs to life in the 21st Century context. If you’d like to play along, please bring musical instruments with you. Members of Dearest Home will assist in singing and playing the songs, and a few extra instruments will be available. Beth, Stephen and Margaret will be the performers.
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