Final Notes, Edsel Terry

On December 30, Bahama, North Carolina, fiddler Edsel Terry died, at the age of 90. Terry’s family had lived in Durham County for more than 200 years, and for generations the family has been well known in the region’s music and dance traditions. The Terry family operated the Clover Hill Dance Club from 1922 to 1950, hosting up to 200 square dancers at a time on their farm. After World War II they opened the Pick and Bow on Guess Road in Durham County, which would be a popular area venue until it closed in the 1990s.

Terry supported the playing and preservation of traditional music in many ways throughout his life. He and his musical family were recognized in 2005 by the North Carolina Folklore Society, which presented the Terrys with its Community Traditions Award.

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