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Collection Number: 20294

Collection Title: Cari Norris Collection of Coon Creek Girls and Lily May Ledford Recordings, 1939-1975 and undated

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Size 12 items
Abstract The recordings on open-reel audio tape contain performances by the all-female string band the Coon Creek Girls led by claw hammer banjo player and fiddler Lily May Ledford of Powell County, Ky., solo performances by Ledford, and interviews with Ledford and other musicians. One performance by the Coon Creek Girls was originally recorded at the White House in Washington, D.C., in 1939. Also included are brief notes about each tape made by Ledford's granddaughter, Cari Norris of Hindman, Ky., who donated the tapes. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Ledford, Lily May, 1917-1985.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Cari Norris Collection of Coon Creek Girls and Lily May Ledford Recordings #20294, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Cari Norris of Hindman, Ky., is the granddaughter of musical artist Lily May Ledford (1917-1985) of Kentucky. Ledford, a clawhammer banjo player and fiddler, was the leader of the string band the Coon Creek Girls, a popular act on regional radio in the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s, Ledford had a solo career performing at festivals as a part of the folk music revival in the second half of the twentieth century. Shortly before her death in 1985, she was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Encoded by: Laura Smith

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