Traipsin’ Woman

Sloane sisters of Rowan County, Kentucky

For those of you interested in folk music or music history the Jean Thomas Collection is a must-see. Known as the Traipsin’ Woman, Jean Thomas traveled around Eastern Kentucky photographing and writing about the music and crafts of the region.

Over 1000 photographs taken by Jean Thomas are available online at: Some of my favorite shots are of the musicians with their instruments – from guitars and banjos to concertinas and jugs.

The Music Library has more materials from Jean Thomas, including lyrics, poems, brochures and more from the American Folk Song Festival which she organized.

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