A group for those of us who have been inspired by Kentucky born Appalachian dulcimer player and ballad singer Jean Ritchie. Share your thoughts, memories, experiences, and stories.
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I was just reading some old postings from Mudcat cafe.
Here is what Jean had to say about winter and the holidays in December 2005:
"Let each of us celebrate the Season in his/her own way...the shortest day is approaching- then the new year will begin to grow and the days lengthen and grow warmer, seedlings sprout and life begin again. My name for it is Christmas, and, The Winter Solstice. Give it your own name and may you all be warmed and blessed in its celebration. God has many names, and honors all His/Her children! Love, Jean"
Click here to watch: A Ritchie Family Christmas 1955
If this doesn't put you in a festive holiday mood, I don't know what would. :)
(video kindly posted by George Pickow on YouTube)
I am selling off my Jean Ritchie Collection of CD's, Cassettes, DVD's, Videos, and Books, 36 items in all. The collection will only be sold as a lot. No sale of individual items. The complete set…Continue
Started by Greg Gunner. Last reply by Helen Seiler May 25.
I haven't found any mention of this video here at FOTMD, but it sure is of interest to most of us.Here is the official description of the piece: Profile of the folk singer, songwriter, and…Continue
Started by Dusty Turtle. Last reply by Robin Clark Apr 22.
I was wondering if anyone has any insights into how Jean arrived on her 4 string equidistant set up of (using key of D as a reference) D A d A? Was thinking about this a bit so if anyone has any…Continue
Started by James Phillips. Last reply by James Phillips Mar 12.
I have found a programme on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour archive that features the mountain dulcimer and has Jean Ritchie as a guest. She comes out with some very interesting history during the…Continue
Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by R N Lackey Feb 3.
On Strum's suggestion I bought Jean's book Singing Family of the Cumberlands. I'm 1/2 way through it and enjoying it so much. She includes many of the songs she learned as a child (or sometimes…Continue
Started by Virginia Oman. Last reply by John Henry Dec 21, 2012.
I thought I would add these pics to this group so anyone could see them that might not see my blog about my visit. Jean was doing fine and in good spirits when Colista Ledford (widow of Homer…Continue
Started by Dana R. McCall. Last reply by Dana R. McCall Oct 20, 2012.