Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie and Janis Ian
Jean Ritchie (left) and Janis Ian

What a stunning interpreter and writer she was — Janis Ian

Jean Ritchie represents a living connection to a heritage of song, spanning an ocean and several generations — Fiona Ritchie, NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock

As the ‘Mother of Folk’, Jean is a living museum of impeccably rendered songs passed down from singer to singer, influencing and inspiring generations  — Joan Baez

When I grow up I want to write just like Jean Ritchie. Seriously, I love every song she’s ever written. I love her simple yet beautiful melodies and the honest, heartfelt truth in them — Dolly Parton


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