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British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 1

British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 1

Ten years after British scholar Cecil J. Sharp declared the traditional English ballad a "moribund" art form, he discovered a rich and thriving tradition of ballad-singing in America's southern Appalachian Mountains. Jean Ritchie, a tradition-bearer from Appalachian Kentucky, shares some of her favorite "story songs" of murder and romance. "Hangman" and "Old Bangum" feature the Appalachian dulcimer, a type of fretted zither unique to the region. Liner notes include an introduction by Ritchie, notes by Kenneth J. Goldstein, a bibliography on the ballads collected by Francis Child, and historical information and lyrics for each song.

Track Listing

101
Gypsy Laddie (Gypsy Davy) Jean Ritchie 2:50
102
False Sir John Jean Ritchie 4:22
103
Hangman (The Maid Freed from the Gallows) Jean Ritchie 2:01
104
Lord Bateman Jean Ritchie 6:05
105
House Carpenter Jean Ritchie 4:22
106
Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender Jean Ritchie 5:30
201
The Merry Golden Tree (Golden Vanity) Jean Ritchie 2:11
202
Lord Lovel Jean Ritchie 4:44
203
Old Bangum Jean Ritchie 1:55
204
Barbara Allen Jean Ritchie 5:04
205
Fair Annie of Lochroyan Jean Ritchie 9:07

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