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Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change

Various Artists
Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change

Stemming from a want to preserve the dwindling unique oral traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountain back-country region, Eric Davidson, Paul Newman and Caleb Finch performed field recordings of songs that exemplified the evolution of ballads in the region, creating an anthology of music that characterized the musical mountain traditions. Originating from folk music of the British Isles, many of the songs are performed with little or no instrumental accompaniment. These beautiful archaic folk melodies have retained their roots in the ballad and lament tradition, sung here by both men and women (traditionally ballads were sung only by women) with occasional lively banjo accompaniments.

Track Listing

101
The Hanging of Georgie (Child No. 209)- Sharp 34 Paul Joines 1:34
102
Returning Sweetheart - Sharp 98 - A Pretty Fair Maid Down in the Garden - The Broken Token Sarah Hawkes 1:54
103
Barbry Allen (Barbara Allen) Granny Porter and Wade Ward 2:43
104
The Young Men and Maids - Sharp 165 - Silver Dagger Paul Joines 2:19
105
The Green Willow Tree - Child 286 - Sharp 41 - Golden Vanity Paul Joines 4:21
106
Ho Lilly Ho - Sharp 65 - Jack Went A-Sailing - Jack Munro Sarah Hawkes 2:15
107
Walkin' in the Parlor Kilby Reeves 1:22
108
Little Sparrow - Sharp 118 - Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies Sarah Hawkes 1:50
109
County Jail - Long Lonesome Road Kilby Reeves 1:50
110
Warfare is A-Raging - Sharp 113 Polly "Aunt Polly" Joines 1:22
111
Pig in a Pen Spud Gravely and Glen Smith 2:31
112
Roving Ranger - Sharp 179 - Come All Ye Southern Soldiers - The Texas Rangers Paul Joines 2:52
201
Pretty Polly - Sharp 49 - The Cruel Ship's Carpenter Ivor Melton, Cullen Galyean, Bobby Harrison 2:09
202
George Allen - Child 85 - Lady Alice - Sharp 25 - Giles Collins Spud Gravely 1:16
203
Roving Gambler Hobart and Larry Delp with Joe Kyles 2:28
204
Ten Thousand Miles - 10,000 Miles - Sharp 114 - The True Lover's Farewell Ruby Vass 3:22
205
1809 - Sharp 76 - Pretty Saro Glen Neaves 3:12
206
Little Maggie Ivor Melton, Cullen Galyean, Claudine Lambert 3:36
207
Death of the Lawson Family Glen Neaves 1:55
208
Lonesome Day Ruby Vass 2:13
209
Budded Roses - Little Bunch of Roses Paul Joines and Cliff Evans 2:35

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