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Lunsford, Bascom Lamar (21 March 1882–04 September 1973), folk performer, folk song collector, and festival promoter, was born in Mars Hill, North Carolina, the son of James Basset Lunsford, a teacher and schoolmaster, and Louarta Leah Buckner. Both of his parents were descended from pioneer settlers in the area. Though the entire Lunsford family had varying degrees of formal education, James Lunsford encouraged his six children to take seriously the rich folk culture of the mountains. By the time he was ten years old, Bascom Lunsford and his brother Blackwell were adept on the fiddle and were performing for schoolhouse functions....


Bascom Lamar Lunsford. In Asheville, with two square dancers visiting from New York City. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LOT 7414-A, no. N160 P&P).