Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

22-07 Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Fiddler Dance Music, and Apprentices and Mentors (with media and music)

Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Music and Song Section


Chair: Cece Conway (Appalachian State University)

11:15 am
Folklore embedded in Fair and Tender Ladies and Buffalo Dance
Elizabeth Page (Appalachian State University, retired)

11:30 am
Oral Tradition: A Comparison of John Cohen's "Gypsies Sing Long Ballads," Rick Ward, and Alice Gerrard
Gabby Grace Brown (Appalachian State University)

11:45 am
Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Dance Fiddlers, and Apprentices and Mentors
Cece Conway (Appalachian State University)

12:00 pm
Ballads from Home: An Apprenticeship with Bobby McMillon
William Ernest Ritter ()

12:15 pm
Cecil Gurganus’s Mentorship during the Pandemic: Assisting a Classical Musician Learning Old-Time Fiddle and its Community
Maako Shiratori (Appalachian State University)

Community values and fears inside out: Elizabeth Page interprets folklore embedded in Fair and Tender Ladies/Buffalo Dance. Gabby Brown compares Scottish Gypsy songs to NC Rick Ward’s ballads and Alice Gerrard songs. Cece Conway traces Southern and Monticello black fiddlers predominant in the 18th century. Apprentice William Ritter helps NC Heritage ballad singer mentor Bobby McMillon transition his life’s work to the digital realm. Finally, Japanese classical violinist Maako Shiratori learns Old Time fiddle by ear from a NC mentor.