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Interior of the Albert Music Hall, Waretown, NJ. Courtesy of The Albert Music Hall

Pine Barrens Medleys

Deep in the heart of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, isolated folks, charcoal burners, berry pickers, wood cutters, and clammers gathered on Saturday night for generations to sing their folk tales while a fiddler played, accompanied by a guitarist. The whine of the piney ballads they created tell the tales around the love of their work in the pines.

The Ridgeways, whose roots run deep in the pines, are still playing the ballads their English ancestors brought to America 300 years ago. Today, the Albert Music Hall in Waretown, New Jersey, provides the home base for Saturday night fiddling, strumming the old banjo, or picking a guitar to "The Sounds of the Jersey Pines."

Project documentation comprises a page of text and a photo.

Originally submitted by: Christopher H. Smith, Representative (4th District).

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