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Field Trip-England

Various Artists
Field Trip-England

In 1952, Jean Ritchie—iconic folksinger and dulcimer player from Kentucky—received a Fulbright scholarship enabling her to travel to the British Isles to trace the origin of her Kentucky versions of songs and compare them with British versions. During the course of her travels, she and husband George Pickow, with the assistance of prominent British folk song authorities, made many field recordings, some of which appear on this album.

The collection includes old British ballads, drinking songs, children’s songs and games, hand bell ringing, dance tunes, lyrical love songs, and an excerpt from a Mummers’ Play. Instruments include fiddle, Northumbrian small pipes, melodeon, and pipe and tabor (drum).

The liner notes, written by Ritchie, provide background information and lyrics about each performance.

Track Listing

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Leapfrog / The Guid Man of Ballingigh (medley) Winsome Bartlett 1:11
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102
Death of Queen Jane,The Douglas Kennedy 2:56
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103
Church Bells of Empingham,The Church-Ringers of Empingham 1:18
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104
Orange and Lemon Dianne Endicott 1:10
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105
Cherry Stones Schoolchildren of Sidbury 0:37
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106
Have a Cigarette, Sir Schoolchildren of Sidbury 0:59
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107
Johnny Todd Isla Cameron and Ewan MacColl 1:35
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108
Windy Old Weather Bob Roberts 2:37
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109
Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime,The Harry Cox 1:58
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110
Widdecombe Fair Bill Westaway 4:14
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201
My Bonnie Lad Jane Hair 2:33
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202
John Barleycorn Jane Haxey and the Hood Singers 3:55
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203
Three Scamping Rogues George Endicott 1:29
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204
Bushes and Briars Isla Cameron 2:17
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205
Earsdon Sword Dance English Country Dancers 0:56
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206
Barbara Allen Mr. Rew 1:50
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207
Marshfield Mummers Play and their Song Players of Marshfield 2:46
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208
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing Charles Wilson and the Empingham Hand Bell Ringers 0:59
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