Even casual Fans of folk music will likely know the name Jean Ritchie and a little something about her role in popularizing the traditional ballads of her Kentucky family and ancestors, as well as the lap dulcimer. She was recorded by Alan Lomax in Hazard KY in the 30’s, and by the mid 40’s (after graduating from college) she had moved to NYC and met Oscar Brand, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and others.
In Sept 2005, the debut of a theatre piece about Jean Ritchie’s musical life SINGIN’ THE MOON UP: THE VOICE OF JEAN RITCHIE debuted in State College. The cast included Susie Glaze in the lead role, and Kenny Kosek on fiddle. An original cast recording was later released and continues to be played during the Folk Show. Web visitors can hear an interview with Susie Glaze about the play by clicking the INTERVIEWS tab at the home page.
In late Dec 2009, Jean Ritchie suffered a stroke and is now rehabillitating at a nursing home in Long Island.
John Platt from WFUV in New York, passes on this info, and invites fans to mail get-well cards via his address below:
Keep Jean Ritchie and her family in your prayers. I visited her on Monday at
a nursing home on L.I., where she’s rehabilitating from a stroke she
suffered in December. Some days are better than others. It may be a long
recovery, but she comes from strong Kentucky stock - and she’s an American
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