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A Jack Tale for Christmas

“A long time ago, when Jack was growin’ up, his daddy give him a brand new shotgun for Christmas. Obviously, Jack was as proud as a peacock over this new gift. He wanted to show his daddy just how proud he was by going out and gettin a whole mess of game on his first […]

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I were tellin’ some mount’n stories

Jane Gentry — piano teacher, Appalachian folk-music historian, weaver — was an inspiration for the movie Songcatcher. She was born Jane Hicks in 1863, the first child of Ransom and Emily Hicks, in Watauga County, NC. “My pappy were a minister, name of Ransom Hicks. Mammy were always peckin’ me over the head with a […]

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The Jack Tales. Not just beanstalks.

ONE TIME away back years ago there was a boy named Jack. He and his folks lived off in the mountains somewhere and they were awful poor, just didn’t have a thing. Jack had two brothers, Will and Tom, and they are in some of the Jack Tales, but this one I’m fixin’ to tell […]

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Just passing through—the Scottish Travellers

Oh, Lady Margaret she sat in her high chambers.She was sewing her silken seams.She lookit east and she lookit westAnd she saw those woods grow green. So, picking up her petticoatBeneath her harlin gown,It’s when she came to the merry green woods,There she let them down. Oh, she had not pulled one nut, one nut,One […]

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Ray Hicks, keeper of the Jack Tales

Ray Hicks, born this day in 1922, was best known for his traditional storytelling and for preserving the original Beech Mountain ‘Jack Tales’ brought to western North Carolina by his ancestors. Ray, his grandfather Benjamin and his great-great grandfather Counce (Council) Harmon all carefully passed down these tall tales to the next generation. It seems […]

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