- March, 2007)
Susan works at Appalshop, the multi-disciplinary arts and
education center in Whitesburg, Kentucky, where she conducts
after-school music programs, a bi-annual workshop / concert
series, and produces traditional music programming on public
radio station WMMT.
In her Fellowship work January - March 2007, she researched and developed themes
and scripts for a multi-part radio series that will highlight recordings of traditional
Appalachian performers found in Berea's John Lair and Celebration of Traditional
Music Collections. Building on the work of previous Music Fellows, Ajay Kalra
and Deborah Thompson, her aim is to delve deeply into the issues of gender,
race, and what counts as tradition in Appalachian music.
The series is entitled "Relics and Treasures, Old and New: A Celebration of Traditional Music Found in
Berea College's Appalachian Sound Archives," and is being produced for Appalshop's community radio station, WMMT-FM.
The six programs completed thus far feature ballad singers, fiddlers, banjo players, African American musicians, and Lily
May Ledford and the Coon Creek Girls. Among the many performers heard are Sparky Rucker, Etta Baker, Dellie Norton, J.P.
Fraley, Bradley Kincaid, Grandpa and Ramona Jones, Asa Martin, Philip Kazee, and Marion Sumner.
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