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The Thistle And Shamrock: A Visit with Jean Ritchie

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Travel with us to the North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Warren Wilson College, home to the Swannanoa Gathering. A legendary figure in American music joins us: Jean Ritchie. Ritchie was an important figure on the New York folk scene in the 1950s. In her long career, she has recorded more than 30 albums, published 10 books and won numerous awards, including the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts: the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.