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Down the Road BRMT | Settlers Brought Ancient Ballads to the Mountains

Settlers Brought Ancient Ballads to Mountains

When English, Irish, and Scottish settlers moved into Appalachia, they brought an ancient form of music with them – the ballad. The isolated mountains drew song collectors like Englishman Cecil Sharp. In Madison County, Sharp collected several hundred songs – including 70 from Jane Hicks Gentry from Hot Springs.