Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 31 July 1997

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 31 July 1997

Postby dbennett » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:36 am

Edna Ritchie Baker (1910-1997) died. Edna was the daughter of Balis W. Ritchie (1869-1958) and Abigail Hall Ritchie (1877-1972) as well as a sister of Jean Ritchie. The Ritchie family introduced many to versions of the traditional songs found by Cecil Sharp during his historic collecting trips to Appalachia in 1916-1918. Edna sung songs, ballads, and carols from her family tradition often accompanying her singing playing her mountain dulcimer.

On page 53 Jean Ritchie’s book, Dulcimer People, she writes, “We had one of Uncle Will Singleton’s dulcimers, and the one by Thomas that Edna had won at Pine Mountain: He [her father] taught me to play on these.” Regarding the Thomas dulcimer Jean continued on page 57, “Edna won her first dulcimer (a Thomas) for knowing the most ballads in the Pine Mountain Settlement School where she was a young student in 1929...The dulcimer she won long ago was given to Dad, for he liked it so...”

Jean also wrote on page 57 that in 1965 Edna married a retired L&N Railroad operator and soon he “was recalling old songs from his own family, and he began to sing and play the dulcimer with Edna. Homer Ledford presented them with one of his Sweetheart dulcimers, and now they sing and play ballads and courtin’-song duets.”
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 31 July 1997

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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 31 July 1997

Postby strumelia » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:59 am

dbennett wrote:Jean also wrote on page 57 that in 1965 Edna married a retired L&N Railroad operator and soon he “was recalling old songs from his own family, and he began to sing and play the dulcimer with Edna. Homer Ledford presented them with one of his Sweetheart dulcimers, and now they sing and play ballads and courtin’-song duets.”
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