Category Archive 'Jean Ritchie'

02 Jun 2015

Jean Ritchie: “Lord Thomas & Fair Ellender”

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02 Jun 2015

Jean Ritchie, 8 December 1922 — 1 June 2015

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Jean Ritchie, the best singer in the American Appalachian folk tradition, passed away last evening at the age of 92. She was born in Viper, an unincorporated settlement in Eastern Kentucky, and died in Berea, Kentucky.

America Folklife Center announcement. Formal obituaries have yet to appear.

Wikipedia bio.

Here is a good example of her repertoire and voice:

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