Witches and War-Whoops: Early New England Ballads

Witches and War-Whoops: Early New England Ballads

John Allison FW05211 / FH 5211

This album brings together a sinister and unusual collection of songs about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, collected and performed by John Allison. The somber melody reflects the solemn lyrics that recount evil and punishments: "They hanged this weary woman then like a felon stout; Her white hairs on the cruel rope were scattered all about. And many knew her innocent of horrid charges made… " Liner notes include detailed information by Allison about each song and an introduction about the Salem Witch Trials.

Year Released 1962
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1962 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Fiddle; Guitar
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States

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101 Lookie There John Allison 1:27
102 Death of Goody Nurse John Allison 3:34
103 Lovewell's Indian Fight John Allison 2:51
104 Susanna Martin John Allison 3:50
105 The Gloucester Witch John Allison 1:27
201 Giles Corey John Allison 3:03
202 Bloody Brook John Allison 3:04
203 Mammy Redd John Allison 1:38
204 Fluid Ireson John Allison 3:33
205 Robin Goodfellowe John Allison 1:42
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