The Bluegrass Music Heritage of Southwestern Ohio

By Matthew Smith Matthew Smith is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Miami University’s Hamilton campus. He has developed and taught a course there on the history of Appalachian culture ...

Appalachian Culture Month

by Omope Carter Daboiku Omope Carter Daboiku is a wordsmith, actress and storyteller based in Dayton and Cincinnati. A folklorist with specialties in African, Affrilachian, Appalachian, and Native Ame...

Meeting Tom Taylor

by Warren Waldron Warren Waldron is a master fiddler and a stalwart in Cincinnati’s old-time music community. With his wife Judy and also Barb and Russ Childers, he can be heard in many local ve...

“Kentucky Wonder” (poem for Tom Taylor)

by Barb Childers   Tom Taylor, an exceptional northern Kentucky fiddler, was born March 17, 1924, in Adair County on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee. He was proud to say “Both states ...

Being Santa

by Steve Laird In this special holiday edition of the UACC blog, Steve Laird shares his memories of playing Santa.  The “Agency” refers to the Urban Appalachian Council. As a child I reme...

What is Appalachian Culture?

by Michael Maloney Gene Wilhelm’s theory of Appalachian culture is that it is a way of life and thinking that developed in the 1700s when the Scotch Irish and other British Isles and German people c...

Northside Square Dance

by John Bealle The Northside Square Dance arose some years ago as a sly witches’ brew of motives.  Local callers who wanted to practice. Old-time musicians who loved playing together. Dancers w...

LPH Festival: Memories, Roots & Fun

by Nancy Laird The 38th Annual Lower Price Hill Appalachian Festival (formerly known as the “Mini Appalachian Fest”), hosted by the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, is an amazing feat. When ...

2015 Appalachian Culture Fest at Union Terminal

by Omope Carter Daboiku UACC garnered a highly visible collaboration in February with the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal as co-producer for Passpor...

What is a “Ringin’ In?”

by Barb Childers In Appalachian tradition, old timers say “ringin’ in” is the proper way to bring in the new year.  This could include anything sufficiently clamorous to chase away bad luck —...