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Program on ballads and old-time fiddling presented Nov. 1

BOONE—Ballad singer Bobby McMillon and fiddler Bruce Greene will lead a ballad swap Nov. 1 at Appalachian State University. The program will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons Room 421.

McMillon is a North Carolina Heritage Award recipient. He is versed in three different strands of Appalachian tradition. He learned Primitive Baptist traditions and traditional songs, stories and customs from his father’s family in Tennessee, and tales and ballads from his mother’s relatives in North Carolina. He also learned family stories from the relatives of Tom Dula, the subject of the famous ballad about Tom Dooley.

He has performed at The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and numerous other festivals, as well as a variety of schools, colleges, and in film, radio and television programs.

Greene plays old-time Kentucky fiddle music, and works to preserve and learn the traditional music of the area. He has taught fiddle classes at festivals and gatherings including Augusta, Swannanoa, Mars Hill and The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and has performed as an artist in residence at Brown University and Amherst College.

The program is sponsored by the Appalachian Heritage Council and Department of English at Appalachian, the Blue Ridge Folk life Institute and Friends of Mountain History.