Folk singer Jean Ritchie is a living treasure of Kentucky culture. Over the past half-century, she has performed all over the world, sharing stages with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and the young Bob Dylan. She is known for her haunting soprano and her mastery of the mountain dulcimer.
The youngest of 14 children, Jean grew up with the music of the mountains, learning the songs her family had collected for generationsmany brought from Scotland in the 18th century. Today she divides her time between her home in New York and the home of her birth, Viper, KY. For In Performance, she sang Appalachian carols and read a holiday reminiscence.
KET has also produced a documentary about Jean Ritchie, aired nationally on PBS, entitled Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story.