Effie and Addina Wilson
Effie and Addina were cousins living in the Marrowbone community of Cumberland County near the town of Burkesville in south-central Kentucky. Effie played dulcimer and dingle bow while Addina sang. Effie tuned her dulcimer’s six strings in unison and noted it with a heavy goose quill cut off to about six inches. The dulcimer was made by Sanford Harvey of Willow Shade in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, and the dingle bow by Joe Aiken of Cumberland County, about 1937. Effie (1903–1986) was a teacher in Cumberland County one-room schools and a community historian. Alan Lomax was accompanied by George Pullen Jackson on this August 1942 recording session. Nothing is known as to how the Wilsons came to Lomax’s attention.