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Thread #139773   Message #3210409
Posted By: Howard Jones
21-Aug-11 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: NPR: current Appalachian ballad singers
Subject: RE: NPR: current Appalachian ballad singers
"the Madison county singers are 12th or 13th generation ballad singers."

That's very impressive, if it's true. Assuming 3 or 4 generations per century would take this back to the early 17th or 18th centuries. It's entirely possible, of course, but how can anyone know?