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Appalachian Music Fellowship Program - 2007

Suzanne Savell

Fellowship Activites Report (11KB)

Fellowship Activities Summary

Suzanne Savell (January - March, 2007)Suzanne Savell
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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