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Folklorist David A. Brose Speaks Oct. 9 at Appalachian

BOONE– Folklorist David A. Brose will present a viewing of the film “Songcatcher” and a discussion of Olive Dame Campbell and folk ballads of western North Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Appalachian State University. The program will be held from 7-10 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

The film showing and lecture are free. For more information, call the Center for Appalachian Studies at (828) 262-4089.

Brose is a folklorist at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. He will discuss his role as advisor in the production of “Songcatcher,” and the historical background and context of the film.

Brose is an expert on western North Carolina ballad collectors John C. and Olive Campbell and their contributions to widely known British ballad collector Cecil Sharp.

Brose’s folklore achievements include a collection of 128 field recordings of spoken and musical traditions of Colorado, where he was state folklorist before coming to North Carolina.

He also served as director of community arts in the Cultural Heritage Program of Iowa.

Brose holds a B.A. in folklore from Ohio State University and a master of arts degree in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. He has focused his fieldwork on collecting traditional instrumental music, ballad and lyric song, folk poetry, narrative and vernacular architecture.

“Songcatcher” has focused attention on traditional music and Appalachian culture and won a Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the 22nd Sundance Film Festival.

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