Eight musicians sit in a circle, each with his or her own instrument. Many hold fiddles, others mandolins, guitars and banjos, one an upright bass, and one a hammer dulcimer. Between tunes they banter about the music or their daily lives. They are gathered to carry on a tradition as old as Knox County itself: That of Old-Time Appalachian folk, brought to America by Irish immigrants and then to Ohio by its first settlers.
Photo: Meg Litteral and various musicians play an Old-Time Appalachian tune in Meg’s living room. Taken by Dora Segall.