Dulcimer

86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

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Lois Hornbostel

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Junior Appalachian Musicians

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Barbara Poole

Oldtime bass player, dulcimer player

Surry County, NC

Barbara Poole was born in Galax, Virginia, and was raised about ten miles from the Lowgap community of Surry County which became her home in later years. She grew up surrounded by the traditional old-time music for which the area is known. Her grandfather, Norman Edmonds, was an influential fiddler of the area who was a regular performer on the radio station. "When I was learning," said Barbara, "I played with him." Barbara also played a lot with her brother, Jimmy Edmonds, who is a seventh generation fiddler. Jimmy started playing at four years old and had a band by the time he was six.

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Stanley Hicks

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Stanley Hicks

Instrument builder, woodworker, dancer, musician, storyteller

Watauga County, NC

Stanley Hicks was born in 1911 in Watauga County, and raised on Spice Creek along with his eight siblings. He and his cousin Ray Hicks, also a famed storyteller, shared the same great-grandparents. Life for the Hicks family was hard; there were few jobs in the mountains, and families struggled to get enough food. Growing up, Hicks took what jobs were available. During the Depression, he worked for the Works Progress Administration for 75 cents a day.

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Junior Appalachian Musicians

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Furman and Roberta Lunsford

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Trantham Family

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Trantham Family

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