March 10, 2018

Jean Ritchie: British Traditional Ballads In The Southern Mountains Volume 1

Folkways Records FA-2301

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1961
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Ballads
A1 Gypsy Laddie (2:50)
A2 False Sir John (4:22)
A3 Hangman (2:01)
A4 Lord Bateman (6:05)
A5 The House Carpenter (4:22)
A6 Lord Thomas & Fair Ellender (5:30)
B1 The Merry Golden Tree (2:11)
B2 Lord Lovel (4:44)
B3 Old Bangum (1:55)
B4 Barbary Allen (5:04)
B5 Fair Annie Of Lochroyan (9:07)
Jean Ritchie (dulcimer/vocals)
Producer: Kenneth S. Goldstein, Designner: Ronald Clyne
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.

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