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

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

Various Artists FW03831 / AH 3831

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.

Year Released 1968
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1968 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Bass; Fiddle; Guitar
Subject(s) Ballads; Blues; Courtship; Crime; Dance; Fiddle tunes; Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; Grief; Love songs; Maritime; Marriage; Military music; Murder; Old-time music; Sentimental; String band; Tragic songs

Download Liner Notes

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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