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British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 2

British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains, Volume 2

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 landmark Folkways recording brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners.

Track Listing

101
The Unquiet Grave Jean Ritchie 4:01
102
Little Devils (The Farmer's Curst Wife) Jean Ritchie 1:37
103
Sweet William and Lady Margaret Jean Ritchie 6:52
104
There Lived an Old Lord Jean Ritchie 5:28
105
Wife of Usher's Well Jean Ritchie 5:21
201
Cherry Tree Carol Jean Ritchie 3:47
202
Edward Jean Ritchie 2:34
203
Gentle Fair Jenny (The Wife Wrapt in Wether's Skin) Jean Ritchie 2:19
204
Lord Randall Jean Ritchie 2:53
205
Little Musgrave (Matty Groves) Jean Ritchie 12:07

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