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The Most Dulcimer Ritchie, Jean. Mountain Born Ritchie, Jean. The following day, Pickow invited her to accompany him on a photo shoot at the Fulton Fish Market.
Ritchie perched on the hood of a truck, holding a rather large lobster — was published in a trucking-industry magazine. InPickow accompanied his wife on a Fulbright Scholarship to collect folk songs in Britain and Ireland. The result was the minute color film Oss Oss Wee Oss InPickow and Lomax collaborated on a short film documentary about the Greenwich Village folk revival scene intended to be shown on the LP.
This never happened, however, and ten years later Alan's daughter Anna Lomax Woodedited the surviving scraps and fragments in her father's office into a short film, Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass.
In the audience are Maria Muldaur and Bob Dylan. Ritchie preferred to sing without instrumental accompaniment, but occasionally she also accompanied herself on autoharpguitar or on a handmade plucked Appalachian dulcimer. The latter instrument is also called the "mountain dulcimer" and is distinct from the hammer dulcimer ; it is an intimate indoor instrument with a soft, ethereal sound. Her father had played the Appalachian dulcimer but forbade his children to touch it.
At the age of four or The Cuckoo (Version 1) - Jean Ritchie - Jean Ritchie (Vinyl, however, Ritchie defied this prohibition and picked out " Go Tell Aunt Rhody ".
ByRitchie's playing of the Appalachian LP had become a hallmark of her style. After her husband made one for her as a present, the couple decided there might be a potential market for them. Pickow's uncle, Morris Pickow, set up an instrument workshop for them under the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. At first they were shipped to New York in an unfinished state by Ritchie's Kentucky relative, Jethro Amburgey, then the woodworking instructor at the Hindman Settlement School.
George did the finishing and Jean did the tuning and soon they had sold dulcimers. Later they manufactured them themselves from start to finish, Today there are dulcimers for sale at most folk festivals. Because fans kept asking her "Which album has the most dulcimer? Jean Ritchie was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to trace the links between American ballads and the songs from Britain and Ireland. As a song-collector, she began by setting down the songs that she already knew from her mother's knee.
Ritchie spent 18 months tape recording and interviewing singers. In Ritchie wrote a book about her family called Singing Family of the Cumberlands.
Ritchie became known as "The Mother of Folk". As well as work songs and ballads, Ritchie knew hymns from the " Old Regular Baptist " church she attended in Jeff, Album), Kentucky.
These were sung as "lining out" songs, in a lingering soulful way. One of the songs they sang was " Amazing Grace ". She wrote some songs, including "Black Waters",  one on the effects of strip mining in Kentucky. Ritchie's 50th anniversary album was Mountain Bornwhich features her two sons, Peter and Jonathan Pickow.
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