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--Appalachian Celts and their Music: Conclusion
Part 3 of a 3 part article about the effects of the heritage of Irish and Scottish immigrants on the music of Appalachia. Article is authored by Charles H. Ball, and is part of the 1000 Celtic Republic of Appalachia Newsletter.
--Appalachian Celts and Their Music: Who are the Appalachian Celts?
Part 1 of a 3 part article about the effects of the heritage of Irish Scottish immigrants on the music of Appalachia. Article is authored by Charles H. Ball, and is part of the 1999 Celtic Republic of Appalachia Newsletter.
--Appalachian Protest Songwriters
Section of a site established to provide content for Virginia tech course title English 3624: Appalachian Literature and offered by dr. Stephen D. Mooney Summer 1999. Site contains brief biographies of 4 Appalachian women protest singers. Each entry includes a reference list
--Appalachian Women and Traditional Music
Funded by the Appalachian College Association, this bibliography of materials available through 1999 consists of materials about Appalachian women and music. The list includes dissertations, periodicals, a videography and select discography and links to sites on Appalachian music.
--Banjo in Appalachia: Part 1 of 2
This article, Part 1 of 2, authored by George R. Gibson, banjo artist and collector discusses the history of the banjo in Appalachia. It was published in Kentucky Explorer in 2000.
--Banjo in Appalachia: Part 2 of 2
This article, Part 2 of 2, authored by George R. Gibson, banjo artist and collector discusses the history of the banjo in Appalachia. It was published in Kentucky Explorer in 2000.
--Banjo on her Knee - Part 1: Appalachian Women and America's First Instrument
Part 1 of a 2 part article about the history of Appalachian banjo playin' women, written by Susan A. Eacker who teaches history at Morehead State University in Kentucky and Geoff Eacker who is the director of the Art Center at Miami. Article was published in the old-time herald Volume 8 Issue #2, Winter 2002.
--Banjo Women in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky
PDF file: Dr. Susan A. Eacker and Mr. Geoff Eacker of Oxford, Ohio were selected to be CSEGA's first Scholars-in-Residence during the Fall 1997 semester. Their project entitled Black Men, White Ladies, and Bluegrass Boys: A Gendered History of the Banjo in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky combined Susan Eacker's experience in southern women's history and Geoff Eacker's interest and experience in the banjo. This article is a discussion of their findings.
--Celtic Music in Appalachia: Early Instrumental Music
Part 2 of a 3 part article about the effects of the heritage of Irish and Scottish immigrants of the music of Appalachia. Article is authored by Charles H. Ball, and is part of the 1999 Celtic Republic of Appalachia Newsletter.
Focus is mainly on Appalachian women musicians, and includes a bibliography, discography and selected links arranged in topic areas. The author is an academic historian and musician whose focus is women in the Appalachian region.
--DIY: Handmade dulcimer
Text with extensive pictures from an episode of Handmade music. How-to site describes the process of making a dulcimer. Craftsperson is Gary Mahoney, professor of Technology and Industrial Arts at Berea College. Site includes downloadable blueprints.
--Gourd Banjos: From Africa to the Appalachians
8 part historical feature authored by George R. Gibson, banjo artist and collector. This follows the gourd banjo as it's use migrated from Africa into the Appalachian region.
--Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol
An excellent resource, this multimedia site brings together images, sounds and stories covering the era of folk music as it developed from an oral to a recorded tradition. Part of the Southern Folklife Collection sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the site includes a virtual tour of the exhibit, biographies, sounds, images, the full text of Archie Green’s article, “Hillbilly Music,” and background about the process Gus Meade used to write Country Music Resources.
--Jean Ritchie: short biography
Charles Edwin Price (author) short biography of Jean Ritchie.
--Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story
This site is the on-line companion to the PBS program of same title. It provides bibliographic information, selected discography, information about music in Appalachia and dulcimers, and selected bibliographies and links to additional web resources.
--Music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains: A Study Guide by Mike Seeger
Site contains an introduction to the history and background of music in the Appalachian Region, a biography of Mike Seeger, and a selective resource list of books and sound and video recordings about Appalachian music.
--Old Time Music
Currently under development and maintained by graphic designer and country music lover and fiddler David Lynch, this site varies in quality for research. The most informational pages are “What is Old-Time Music?” the full text of an article by Mark Humphrey, and biographies of “Old-Time Fiddlers. The page includes ads and links to commercial sites. Some of the information provided does not include citations to sources. The site includes links to Old Time Music news, events additional web sites and other resources, and a musician’s directory.
--Short History of the Appalachian Dulcimer
A commercial site that also offers a short history with selected resources for more information. Site includes samples of dulcimer music from different types of dulcimers, dulcimer poetry and links to other internet resource. This page is from a larger site sponsored by the Bear Mountain Dulcimer Makers which contains selected resources for more history.
--What is a dulcimer?
Yvonne Quarles article about the dulcimer...what a dulcimer is and how it is played.
--Wikipedia: Old-Time Music
Encyclopedia entry in Wikipedia contains introduction to Appalachian folk music—which is presented as a regional genre of American folk music.