Alice Gerrard

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Alice Gerrard (b. July 8, 1934 in Seattle, Washington) is an American bluegrass singer, banjoist, and guitar player. She performed in a duo with Hazel Dickens and as part of The Back Creek Buddies with Matokie Slaughter.

Trained in piano, Gerrard attended Antioch College where she was exposed to folk music. After graduating, she moved to Washington D.C. and became part of the thriving bluegrass scene there. Gerrard was married to Jeremy Foster who died in a car accident. She had four children by him. She was later married to Mike Seeger and recorded two albums with him until they divorced.

The Alice Gerrard Collection (1954-2000) is located in the Manuscripts Department of the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


With Hazel Dickens

  • 1965 - Who's That Knocking
  • 1973 - "Hazel & Alice" (Rounder LP)
  • 1973 - Won't You Come & Sing for Me
  • 1976 - "Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard" (Rounder LP)
  • 1996 - Pioneering Women of Bluegrass (Smithsonian Folkways)


  • 1979 - Elizabeth Cotten, Volume 3: When I'm Gone (Folkways Records)
  • 1997 - Close to Home: Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967 (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • 2001 - There is No Eye: Music for Photographs (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • 2002 - Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • 2002 - Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways......
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