She entered her first music contest in Canton, N.C., when she was still playing her “cheap 10 cent banjo,” Samantha Bumgarner told a Sylva [NC] Herald reporter years later.

She entered her first music contest in Canton, N.C., when she was still playing her “cheap 10 cent banjo,” Samantha Bumgarner told a Sylva [NC] Herald reporter years later.

1953 J.D. Enochs et al Patent US2641153 - Hammer action for musical instruments particularly the toy piano. Assigned to Jaymar.

1953 J.D. Enochs et al Patent US2641153 - Hammer action for musical instruments particularly the toy piano. Assigned to Jaymar.

Heritage | Clinch Mountain Music Festival - an old-time Mountain Music Festival held at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia every June

Heritage | Clinch Mountain Music Festival - an old-time Mountain Music Festival held at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia every June

Musical instruments of the southern appalachian mountains. Stillman Lambert Fiddle Maker, born 1894 Bowden, West Virginia USA. Woodcutter and part-time violin maker. About 100 violins made.

Musical instruments of the southern appalachian mountains. Stillman Lambert Fiddle Maker, born 1894 Bowden, West Virginia USA. Woodcutter and part-time violin maker. About 100 violins made.

appalachian-appreciation:  Charles Kinney (top), fiddle maker and player, and Noah Kinney (bottom), hub cap banjo player and maker. These brothers were folk artists and musicians who spent their lives creating and reveling in Appalachian culture in Kentucky. They died six months apart in 1991.

appalachian-appreciation: Charles Kinney (top), fiddle maker and player, and Noah Kinney (bottom), hub cap banjo player and maker. These brothers were folk artists and musicians who spent their lives creating and reveling in Appalachian culture in Kentucky. They died six months apart in 1991.

Mountain people carrying a homemade coffin up creek bed to the family plot on the hillside where it will be buried up South Fork of the Kentucky River near Jackson, Kentucky.

Mountain people carrying a homemade coffin up creek bed to the family plot on the hillside where it will be buried up South Fork of the Kentucky River near Jackson, Kentucky.

BLOG: Jean Ritchie, an accomplished balladeer and folklorist, passed away Monday at the age of 92. Today’s blog shares a bit about Ritchie and her work, including a 1976 recording from one of her concerts at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center. | Florida Memory

BLOG: Jean Ritchie, an accomplished balladeer and folklorist, passed away Monday at the age of 92. Today’s blog shares a bit about Ritchie and her work, including a 1976 recording from one of her concerts at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center. | Florida Memory

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