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Pretty Polly
David Holt

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About the video

David Holt performs "Pretty Polly" a song he learned from Dellie Norton from
Sodom, North Carolina. This is one of the oldest English ballads.

About the artist

Every young man dreams of a life of adventure. In 1968, David Holt found his
life’s journey in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. With a passion to
become an old-time banjo player, David traveled to remote mountain
communities like Kingdom Come, Kentucky and Sodom Laurel, North Carolina
searching for the best traditional musicians. Holt found hundreds of old-time
mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. There was banjoist
Wade Mainer, ballad singer Dellie Norton, singing coal miner Nimrod Workman,
and 122 year-old washboard player Susie Brunson. Holt learned to play not only
banjos, but many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide
guitar and even the paper bag.

For over three decades, David’s passion for traditional music and culture has
fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has earned four
Grammy Awards and performed and recorded with many of his mentors including
Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet
Atkins. Today he tours the country perfoming solo, with Doc Watson and with his
band The Lightning Bolts.