Biography:George C. Nicholson

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George C. Nicholson

 Given name:     George
 Middle name:     C.
 Family name:     Nicholson
 Place of birth:     
 Place of death:     Clay County, Kentucky
 Year of birth:     1854
 Year of death:     1941
 Profile:     Musician
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Biographical notes

Fiddler George C. Nicholson was recorded in 1937 for the Library of Congress by Alan Lomax. The recording session took place in Providence, Laurel County, Ky., but Nicholson lived in Portersburg (now just a historical post office), on Marydell Road (Ky. 1803) in Clay County, a few miles from the border with Laurel County. His son Delbert, who lived in Oregon was a fiddler, and another son, Lee, played the banjo. Lomax also recorded Nicholson's sister and neighbor, Sally Garrision, that day. Nicholson recorded nine tunes for Lomax that day: "Old Blue Bonnet (2)," "Bonyparte's Retreat," "Callahan," "Old Joe Clark," "Old Mister Moore," "Ole Christmas," "The Prettiest Girl in the County-o," "Sally Goodin," and "Sourwood Mountain."