Virginia Traditions: Native Virginia Ballads and Songs

Virginia Traditions: Native Virginia Ballads and Songs

Various Artists BRI00004

Few states in this country can boast of more diverse folkways than Virginia. Many of the material objects—such as barns, tools, and furniture—reflect the traditions that shaped the lives of its earliest settlers and the generations of Virginians who followed. The Commonwealth’s performance traditions of songs, tunes, and tales also tell of a shared heritage involving all classes of people in every facet of life. Because traditions naturally change over time, the documentation of Virginia folk culture is an ongoing process essential to our understanding of the past, present, and future. By recording the folkways of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and its BRI Record label strive to foster a greater appreciation of our folk roots through an array of interpretive programs. From murders to train wrecks to natural disasters, the ballads on this recording concern events and people of Appalachian Virginia. Performance styles range from traditional unaccompanied singing to sophisticated modern bluegrass.

Year Released 1981
Record Label Blue Ridge Institute
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1981 Blue Ridge Institute
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Instrument(s) Autoharp; Banjo; Bass; Fiddle; Guitar; Harmonica; Jew's harp; Mandolin; Vocals; Whistling

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101 Claude Allen Hobart Smith 3:33
102 Sidney Allen Spence Moore 1:59
103 Poor Goins James Taylor Adams and Finley Adams 3:59
104 The Vance Song Branch W. Higgins 2:16
105 The Fate of Dewey Lee Spence Moore 2:59
106 The Fate of Talmadge Osborne Ernest V. Stoneman 3:06
107 The Wreck of the 1256 Vernon Dalhart 4:16
108 The Wreck of the Old 97 Kelly Harrell and Henry Whitter 3:49
201 The Life and Death of Charlie Poole Ted Prillaman 2:25
202 The Story of Freeda Bolt Floyd County Ramblers 3:41
203 The Ballad of Caty Sage J.C. Pierce 3:43
204 The Cyclone of Rye Cove The Carter Family 2:04
205 The Story of the Flood The Stanley Brothers 3:12
206 The Pinnacle Mountain Silver Mine Helen Cockram 2:08
207 New River Song Jim and Artie Marshall 2:59
208 Highway 52 Little "Doc" Raymond and The Coleman Pardners 2:54
209 The Ballad of Fancy Gap Jim and Artie Marshall 4:51
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