Deborah Thompson

Deborah Thompson combines her love of old time music and dance with her desire to share them with others. Deborah learned to play banjo, guitar, and dulcimer during the folk revival of the 1970s and has repertoire from living and playing in Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and New England. Since 1976, she has performed both solo and with various groups, currently with the old time and Americana band, Skipjack. She has been an avid folk dancer since her teenage years, as well as playing music for dances, moving into calling and organizing community dances in 1986. She has taught classes and workshops in Appalachian music and dance for all ages since 1984, including public school residencies and Elderhostels, Appalshop’s Banjo Day, Hindman Family Folk Week, Cowan Creek Music School, Augusta Heritage Center, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Deborah has served the Berea College community for more than a decade as coordinator of the Celebration of Traditional Music, director of Country Dance programs, and professor of Appalachian Studies.