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Songs that Tell a Story: Tracing the Passage of the Ballad Tradition from the British Isles to Appalachia

July 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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July 30, 2018
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Auditorium
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Award-winning and Grammy-nominated music historian Ted Olson discusses the origins of Appalachian balladry on Monday, July 30, from 7:30pm-8:30pm in the auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Discover how Old World ballads—originating in the British Isles—were revived in Appalachia and how entirely new ballads emerged in the New World. Olson performs and interprets select recordings of ballads from the album he produced entitled Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition, featuring ballad performances by leading roots musicians from Appalachia and elsewhere in the English-speaking world.

Ted Olson teaches Appalachian Studies and Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University. For his work as a music historian Olson has won an Independent Music Award and an International Bluegrass Music Association Award, and he has been nominated for six Grammy Awards.

Admission is free.