Bernard Zuel

Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.

Hard times bring out the best, and the best music, in Appalachian people, says singer Dori Freeman.

Dori Freeman's Appalachian state of mind

Music has always helped the people of the Appalachians get through the hard times, but when Dori Freeman was child, she wanted nothing to do with it. So why did she change her mind?