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Jean Ritchie concert at the Florida Folk Arts Conference
Conferences and seminars series
Old time music
Two reel to reel recordings. The first part of the concert is on T78-314, while the second part is on side 2 of T78-313. A concert by famed Appalachian dulcimer player Ritchie that was hosted by the Florida Folklife Program at the Stephen Foster Center as part of the Florida Folk Arts Conference that included folklorists and historians from the Library of Congress (LOC), Smithsonian Institute (SI), University of Florida, as well as throughout Florida and the South. Florida Folk festival director Boltin emceed the concert, and spoke briefly about Stephen Foster. Recordings of the rest of conference can be found on T78-301 through T78-312. Ritchie was born in Viper, Kentucky to a family that preserved and sang many old time (mountain) songs -- many dating back to England and Scotland -- numbering by Ritchie's count to well over 300. Raised within the Appalachian-based musical tradition, Ritchie graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1946, after which she moved to New York City as a social worker. While there, she became involved in the emerging folk revival scene, performing the old family songs on her dulcimer and autoharp. She recorded for the newly-created Elektra Records, starting in 1952. By the 1960s, she was a well-respected and sought after performer and authority of Appalachian music. For other Ritchie recordings, see reels T77-262 and T79-1.