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Virginia Traditions: Ballads from British Tradition

Various Artists
Virginia Traditions: Ballads from British Tradition

Few states in this country can boast of more diverse folkways than Virginia. Many of the material objects—such as barns, tools, and furniture—reflect the traditions that shaped the lives of its earliest settlers and the generations of Virginians who followed. The Commonwealth’s performance traditions of songs, tunes, and tales also tell of a shared heritage involving all classes of people in every facet of life. Because traditions naturally change over time, the documentation of Virginia folk culture is an ongoing process essential to our understanding of the past, present, and future. By recording the folkways of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and its BRI Record label strive to foster a greater appreciation of our folk roots through an array of interpretive programs. The songs on this recording are ballads in the traditional sense, i.e., they tell a story. The singers are all from southwestern Virginia and present in a variety of styles, ranging from strictly traditional to relatively modern with stringband accompaniment.

Track Listing

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Old Ireland (William Hall) Polly Johnson 2:38
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102
The Three Maids (The Cruel Brother) Polly Johnson 3:41
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103
The Farmer's Curst Wife Joe Hubbard 0:53
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104
As I Walked Over London's Bridge (Geordie) S.F. Russel 3:55
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105
Little Massie Grove Ruby Bowman Plemmons 4:31
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106
Wild Hog in the Woods (Bangum and the Boar) Eunice Yeatts McAlexander 2:30
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107
Barbara Allen Dan Tate 2:52
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108
Wind and Rain (The Two Sisters) Dan Tate 1:58
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109
Devil's Nine Questions Texas Gladden 2:32
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110
The Bad Girl Texas Gladden 3:23
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201
The Turkish Rebelee (The Golden Vanity) Horton Barker 3:45
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202
House Carpenter Dorothy Rorick 2:38
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203
Oh Death Dock Boggs 3:20
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204
The Three Babes (The Wife of Usher's Well) Spence Moore 2:57
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205
Queen Sally Kate Peters Sturgill 2:33
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206
Froggie Went a'Courtin' Robert Russel 1:41
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207
Raging Sea, How It Roars (The Mermaid) Ernest V. Stoneman and the Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers 3:21
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208
The Jealous Lover The Stanley Brothers 2:17
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209
The Butcher's Boy Kelly Harrell 3:19

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