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North Carolina Mountain Folksongs and Ballads

North Carolina Mountain Folksongs and Ballads

Artus Moser (1894–1992) was born and raised in western North Carolina. As a college professor, he began collecting Appalachian folk ballads, many of them from his students and their parents.

On this recording, his second for Folkways, his selections include English and Scottish ballads and songs originating in the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. He accompanies himself on the Appalachian dulcimer, using a simple strumming style that supports and never overwhelms his singing.

Liner notes provide background information about English ballads and the great early collector, Francis James Child, plus information about each song and the song lyrics. Biographical information about Artus Moser is also included.

Track Listing

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The Blue Bells of Scotland Artus Moser 1:54
102
Pretty Saro Artus Moser 2:54
103
A Bed of Primroses Artus Moser 2:56
104
Get Up and Bar the Door Artus Moser 2:52
105
Gentle Fair Jenny (Child No. 277) Artus Moser 3:48
106
How the Squire Courted Nancy Artus Moser 3:53
201
The Cambric Shirt (The Elfin Knight) Artus Moser 2:35
202
Edward Artus Moser 3:43
203
Katty Morey (A Clever Fellow) Artus Moser 1:58
204
Green Grows the Laurel Artus Moser 2:06
205
I Called But Nobody Answered (My Old Cabin Home) Artus Moser 2:23
206
Lady Margaret and Sweet William Artus Moser 3:05

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