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Thread #153328   Message #3592987
Posted By: GUEST,Sarah Wood
17-Jan-14 - 12:12 PM
Thread Name: Sarah Wood Kentucky Ballad Singer
Subject: RE: Sarah Wood Kentucky Ballad Singer
Thank you all! We've crossed the 75% mark with 3 days to go, things are looking pretty good! If this concert is successful I'm going to do another broadcast at a more reasonable time, several folks abroad mentioned the time difference to me, which I hadn't thought about.

As far as American ballad singers go, I think you're right Elmore. I've spent some time thinking about the differences between American and European musical traditions (apart from the length of existence issues). Even in the hollers of Eastern Kentucky where one might expect everyone to pick a banjo and sing Barbry Allen (and some do), most kids grow up with the TV Nanny and don't really assimilate into a regional culture like they might have 100 years ago. A lot of people have to "leave" and "come back" to their roots. When I was in Ireland, it was nice that everybody knew what "Trad" was. Here, even within a region, you'll have a lot of kids who have never heard a banjo before, I brought a mountain dulcimer (you can't get more Appalachian than that) to show my high school students yesterday and none of them knew what it was, one guessed it was a sitar. I should have said "Yes, remember they teach us in school that the Indians used to live here."