Jane Hicks Gentry-pa by Betty N. SmithJane Hicks Gentry-pa by Betty N. Smith

Jane Hicks Gentry-pa

byBetty N. Smith

Paperback | March 1, 1998

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"Winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians Award Jane Hicks Gentry lived her entire life in the remote, mountainous northwest corner of North Carolina and was descended from old Appalachian families in which singing and storytelling were part of everyday life. Gentry took this tradition to heart, and her legacy includes ballads, songs, stories, and riddles. Smith provides a full biography of this vibrant woman and the tradition into which she was born, presenting seventy of Gentry's songs and fifteen of the "Jack" tales she learned from her grandfather. When Englishman Cecil Sharp traveled through the South gathering material for his famous English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, his most generous informant was Jane Hicks Gentry. But despite her importance in Sharp's collection, Gentry has remained only a name on his pages. Now Betty Smith, herself a folksinger, brings to life this remarkable artist and her songs and tales.

Title:Jane Hicks Gentry-paFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.97 × 7.05 × 0.65 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813109361

ISBN - 13:9780813109367


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Descended from Appalachian families where singing and storytelling were common, Jane Hicks Gentry, from her remote corner of North Carolina, helped Englishman Cecil Sharp compile material for his famous ENGLISH FOLK SONGS FROM THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS. Based on extensive research, folksinger Betty Smith provides a full biography of this vibrant woman, including many of the songs and stories from her repertoire. 70 illustrations