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Ben Nelson
Ben grew up in a family of old-time musicians from southwestern Virginia. He spent all the summers of his childhood traveling to fiddlers' conventions across the Southern Appalachians and Piedmont. He's played banjo and fiddle for the last 15 years and has studied kindred music traditions in Ireland and West Africa. Now a resident of western North Carolina, Ben teaches for a 5th-grade environmental education program, local affiliates of Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), and at Warren Wilson College.

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