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Appalachian History Course Project By Carmen Davis
A Journey Through the Music of Appalachia For my Appalachian Course Project, I chose to learn about the music from the Appalachian region. I learned three songs, along with the help of many people, in different styles including bluegrass, gospel, and traditional ballad. I learned the songs on guitar along with Zac Bates and we performed for the drama team at Powell Valley High School.
We got Mrs. Joan Boyd Short to teach us about folk music and traditional ballads. She taught us how to play a version of Child Ballad #10: Oh the Wind and Rain on guitar. She also allowed me to interview her about her musical experience and growing up in the Appalachian region.
Joan grew up singing and playing folk music. She has performed with many musicians and has had many of her works published and performed by other artists. She now teaches a guitar class at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia that is focused on music from the Appalachian region.
We also learned bluegrass music from Chris Rose. He taught us how to play Cripple Creek and also showed us some different ways to play in the style of bluegrass. Chris teaches guitar in various styles at Juste Music in Norton, VA. He also plays music with various musicians.
Oh, the Wind and Rain This ballad is one of the many collected by Francis J. Child. It is child ballad #10. There are many variations of this song including, The Twa Sisters, The Cruel Sister, Dear Sister, The Bonny Bows o London. It was first documented in 1656 and is still performed today.
Cripple Creek This is an old bluegrass song, usually played on five-string banjo although we learned to play it on guitar. It is based on Cripple Creek Gold Camp in Colorado.
Wayfarin Stranger We also played Wayfarin Stranger which is an old gospel song. I learned the song from many musicians at the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama. Chris taught us how to play the lead part, and Zac and I made our own rendition of the song.