Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition

Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition

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Jean Ritchie is a national treasure, one of America's finest and best known traditional singers. She grew up in Viper, Kentucky, and is part of a large family, the famous "Singing Ritchies of Kentucky." The ballads on this recording are outstanding Appalachian versions of the "Child ballads," English and Scottish narrative songs collected and published by scholar Francis James Child in the late 19th century. The songs tell of true and lost love, jealousy, treachery, grief, death, and the supernatural. This reissue of her landmark Folkways recordings British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners.

Year Released 2003
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Appalachian dulcimer; Vocals
Language(s) English

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101 Gypsy Laddie Jean Ritchie 2:50
102 False Sir John (Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight) Jean Ritchie 4:21
103 Hangman (The Maid Freed from the Gallows) Jean Ritchie 2:00
104 Lord Bateman Jean Ritchie 6:05
105 The House Carpenter Jean Ritchie 4:22
106 Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender Jean Ritchie 5:30
107 The Merry Golden Tree (The Golden Vanity) Jean Ritchie 2:12
108 Old Bangum Jean Ritchie 1:56
109 Barbary Allen Jean Ritchie 5:04
110 The Unquiet Grave Jean Ritchie 4:00
111 Sweet William and Lady Margaret Jean Ritchie 6:53
112 There Lived an Old Lord (The Two Sisters) Jean Ritchie 5:29
113 Cherry Tree Carol Jean Ritchie 3:48
114 Edward Jean Ritchie 2:35
115 Lord Randall Jean Ritchie 2:54
116 Little Musgrave (Mattie Groves) Jean Ritchie 12:02
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