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Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition

Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition

Jean Ritchie is a national treasure, one of America's finest and best known traditional singers. She grew up in Viper, Kentucky, and is part of a large family, the famous "Singing Ritchies of Kentucky." The ballads on this recording are outstanding Appalachian versions of the "Child ballads," English and Scottish narrative songs collected and published by scholar Francis James Child in the late 19th century. The songs tell of true and lost love, jealousy, treachery, grief, death, and the supernatural. This reissue of her landmark Folkways recordings British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners.

Track Listing

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Gypsy Laddie Jean Ritchie 2:50
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102
False Sir John (Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight) Jean Ritchie 4:21
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103
Hangman (The Maid Freed from the Gallows) Jean Ritchie 2:00
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104
Lord Bateman Jean Ritchie 6:05
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105
The House Carpenter Jean Ritchie 4:22
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106
Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender Jean Ritchie 5:30
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107
The Merry Golden Tree (The Golden Vanity) Jean Ritchie 2:12
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108
Old Bangum Jean Ritchie 1:56
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109
Barbary Allen Jean Ritchie 5:04
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110
The Unquiet Grave Jean Ritchie 4:00
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111
Sweet William and Lady Margaret Jean Ritchie 6:53
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112
There Lived an Old Lord (The Two Sisters) Jean Ritchie 5:29
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113
Cherry Tree Carol Jean Ritchie 3:48
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114
Edward Jean Ritchie 2:35
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Lord Randall Jean Ritchie 2:54
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Little Musgrave (Mattie Groves) Jean Ritchie 12:02
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