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This project is a compilations of efforts of individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere with the support of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the Country Dance and Song Society, and the North Carolina Humanities Council, with gracious help and assistance of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the Sunnybank Retreat Association, The Shared Visions Retreat Association, the Madison County Arts Council, The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University and many others.  We especially wish to thank Roylee Duvall at Through This Lens in Durham who produced the prints.

The Centennial Celebration

Groups from across the Appalachian region where Sharp and Karpeles collected songs are working together to:
•   present the history of the times and the importance of the work done;
•   honor Sharp and Karpeles who were responsible for collecting and promoting traditional music, and for Sharp’s formation of the Country Dance and Song Society;
•   identify events, research, and publications related to Sharp’s and Karpeles’ work;
•   connect their work with that of other known collectors and connect North Carolina with other southern states that    were part of the music collecting area and folk cultural region;
•   link the varied folk resources in North Carolina to celebrate the rich music traditions throughout the state;
•   celebrate the descendants of these singers and musicians and amplify the continuation of these folk traditions.

Affiliated Groups and Organizations;
Thanks to the Following for their help and collaboration:
Country Dance and Song Society
English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vaughan Williams Library
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University
Madison County Arts Council
Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University
North Carolina Collection, UNC-
    Chapel Hill
North Carolina Folklife Institute
North Carolina Folklore Society
Frank and Anne Warner Family

As of July 2017

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A Living Legacy of Appalachian Song:
Cecil Sharp &
Maud Karpeles
Centennial Celebration

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Commemorating their 1916-1918 song collecting in NC and Appalachia

Tracing the movement of folk music from the British Isles to America

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Partial Funding provided by:

The North Carolina Folklife Institute

The Outreach Fund of  the
Country Dance and Song Society

The North Carolina Humanities Council,
A statewide non-profit and affiliate of the
National Endowment of the Humanities