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Jean Ritchie, who was honorary titled Mother of Folk, has passed away at her home on June-1, 2015 in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92.

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Jean Ritchie – at her young age.

Mrs. Ritchie has started to gain fame when she emerged on the New York folk scene in the 1940s and brought the Appalachian sound to a much wider audience. She sang at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and won over a new, younger audience with her 1977 album “None But One”, which was awarded the Critics’ Award by Rolling Stone magazine.

She has also inspired a string of stars which include Bob Dylan. He paid a financial settlement to and gave her co-writing credit for his song “Masters Of War”, which borrowed heavily from her version of “Nottamun Town”.

She performed up until 2009 when she suffered a stroke. Ritchie was married to film-maker George Pickow, who died in December 10, 2010, two days after her 88th birthday and is survived by their sons Peter and Jonathan. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jean Ritchie with her mountain dulcimer in 2008.

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