Appalachian Hollering & Ballads & Ice Cream
Saturday, April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Farm Hollering and Ballads with Saro Lynch-Thomason
Saturday, April 18 at 3:00
This program is free and the public is invited. An old-fashioned ice cream social follows the performance with treats from The Hop. Sponsored by The Friends of the Black Mountain Library.
Likely one of the oldest forms of human communication, versions of hollering are found in cultures around the world. From Scandinavia to Nigeria, people have used hollers to communicate across long distances, herd animals, and express their emotions. In the United States, rural communities made use of hollers for hundreds of years. In this presentation, Saro Lynch-Thomason will discuss hollering traditions from the North Carolina as well as the Deep South. She’ll holler some samples of cow-calling, calling for water, distress calls, a variety of expressive hollers–and get the audience involved as well! She’ll also share a few traditional Appalachian ballads.
Saro Lynch-Thomason grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a ballad singer, artist, musician, songwriter, a folklorist, an illustrator and labor activist. She received her graduate degree in Appalachian studies from Eastern Tennessee State University and now lives in Asheville, NC. She is the assistant director at the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center in Black Mountain.