Mountains, Foothills, and Hollers
with Sue Jelus
April 22, 2017
8:30 am Registration and complimentary breakfast
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Workshop with one-hour lunch at noon*
*Lunch can be ordered the morning of the workshop
The Waterford School
1480 E 9400 S
Old-time songs, strings, dances, games, and stories from Appalachia and beyond
Sue Jelus has had 50 years of musical fun with the guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and a few other instruments. Starting with the ukulele at the age of 11, she moved to the guitar and harmonica by the age of 14, during the folk music revival of the 1960’s.
The mountain dulcimer captured Sue’s fancy when Joni Mitchell started using it in performances and studio recording in the late 1960’s. Living in southern Ohio for many years, with old-time Appalachian mountain and bluegrass musical influences from Kentucky and Tennessee, Sue “fiddled” with the mandolin and banjo, played in a summertime bluegrass gospel group and sang with old-time acapella sacred harp (shape-note) singers.
Sue has attended workshops and jam sessions at the John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. She collects folk instruments, learns how to play them, and then collects groups of people to carry on the tradition of people making music together. She created an exhibit about folk instruments, folk musicians, and the folk music enthusiasts of the Bridger Folk Music Society of Logan, Utah, for the museum at Utah State University library. She also brings touring folk musicians into Logan, Utah for concerts several times a year.
Over the years, Sue has done lots of song collecting, instrument playing and teaching, church choir directing, and song-leading in Ohio prisons and Newton, Utah, where she now lives. She also helped establish the Dayton (Ohio) Mandolin Orchestra, a revival of the mandolin orchestras that were wildly popular all across the U.S. in early 1900’s. We’re excited to welcome Sue Jelus to share with us her perspective on living folk music.