Between the Sound and the Sea: Music of the North Carolina Outer Banks

Between the Sound and the Sea: Music of the North Carolina Outer Banks

Various Artists FW03848 / FS 3848

This album is the product of three years of fieldwork and research conducted by ethnomusicologist Karen G. Helms. Helms recorded the traditional and, she felt, overlooked music of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Prior to this recording, the original music of the narrow barrier islands had never been written down in notation. And, as Helms discovered, one could still find some of the "uniqueness and beauty of the culture, its world view and its values" in the traditional ballads that appear on this album. Liner notes include notes on the songs and photographs of the performers, all native folk musicians of the Outer Banks.

Year Released 1977
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1977 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Harmonica; Mandolin; Whistle
Subject(s) Ballads; Disasters; Drinking songs; Folk songs--United States; Instrumental music; Love songs; Lullabies; Maritime; Murder; Nonsense literature; Wit and humor

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101 Johnny O'Lou Dile Gallop 2:45
102 Harmonica Medley: Home Sweet Home / Kitty Wells (medley) Isabel Etheridge 2:07
103 Amber Tresses Isabel Etheridge and Mary Basnight 2:32
104 Ole Tucky Buzzard / Oh Pray Doctor (medley) Elizabeth Howard 1:13
105 Mandolin Medley: Little Sydney / Round the Mountain (medley) Lawton Howard 1:58
106 Seventy-Two Dick Tillet 2:11
107 Tom Dan'ls Edgar Howard, Jule Garrish, and Maurice Ballance 1:29
108 Matilda Jane Lee Edgar Howard, Jule Garrish, and Maurice Ballance 3:12
201 The Sailor Boy Dick Tillet 2:51
202 Nellie Cropsey Isabel Etheridge 1:30
203 Charlie Mason Pogie Boat Charles Stowe 3:55
204 Carolina Cannonball Charles Stowe 3:34
205 Harmonica Medley: Casey Jones / The Old Sow Jumped over the Fence (medley) Jule Garrish 1:45
206 Booze Yacht Jule Garrish 2:37
207 Paddy's Hollow Edgar Howard, Jule Garrish, and Maurice Ballance 3:21
208 Let's Keep the Holler Alive Edgar Howard 1:34
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