Wednesday, March 20 at 3:00
Hutchins Library Room 106
“Learning New Old Songs”
Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Presentation
Saro Lynch-Thomason will discuss her study of Kentucky ballads in Berea’s Appalachian music collections, specifically those which have mostly fallen out of oral tradition. She is building a singing repertoire of 25-30 pieces with the object of revitalizing these rare stories and melodies in Southern Appalachian singing communities.
Saro has already begun sharing her learning in informal singings on campus. Over the next several months she will be conducting a series teaching workshops in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina; establishing an on-line teaching resource; and developing a show featuring songs from this repertoire, including stories and memories from the source singers.
Saro sings at regional festivals, teaches in ballad-singing workshops, and leads a weekly community singing group that trades and teaches songs. Her previous traditional music research and production work includes Blair Pathways, a musical exploration of the West Virginia Coal Wars (1902-1921) via a 20-track CD and multi-page historic narrative.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Program
brings scholars, performers, composers, and educators to Berea to study in Hutchins Library’s
Special Collections & Archives’ rich collection of non-commercial sound recordings.