A Banjo Pickin' Girl. Commonwealth Speakers Pprogram.
A noted performer for more than 60 years, National Heritage Fellow Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002) also was a strongly self-reliant housewife, mother and figure of the women's movement. Reed grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where she learned traditional music and an old banjo style from her elders. During the Depression her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she later began her career. A former apprentice of Reed's, Judy Marti is one of only a few who can perform Reed's traditional banjo style.
The presentation features traditional mountain ballads, well-known Reed compositions and Marti songs inspired by Reed. A jam session or banjo workshop can precede or follow the event.
Sponsoring Organization: Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.
All of Pennsylvania Humanities Council's produced and funded programs are open to the general public.
Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.