Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie

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University Press of Kentucky, 1997 M03 6 - 100 pages
Jean Ritchie is the best known and most respected singer of traditional ballads in the United States. It has been nearly thirty years since she originally published Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians, and the music found here tells the story of the "Singing Ritchie Family" at a time when railroads, coal mines, and hillbilly radio were making their first incursions into the mountains of eastern Kentucky.
Built upon a foundation of balladry inherited from old-world Scotland, the family's repertoire was certainly eclectic but not haphazard. The Child ballads, lyric folksongs, play party or frolic songs, Old Regular Baptist lined hymns, Native American ballads, "hant" songs, and carols brought together in this collection were assembled by family members who actively sought out fragments of tunes and completed them by adding or embellishing verses and melodies.
This new edition has faithfully retained all seventy-seven line scores of the songs and added four new ones, Loving Hannah, Lovin' Henry, Her Mantle So Green, and The Reckless and Rambling Boy. The original headnotes and photographs tell the history of the song as well as how it became a part of the family's life. Chords are indicated for accompaniment; however, music notation and the printed word can present only a reasonable facsimile of any actual song. Jean's singing is simply the best guide to how the song should be sung, so a new audiography and videography have been added to this edition.

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Contents

The Swapping Song
1
False Sir John
2
Killy Kranky
4
Nottamun Town
5
Edward
6
London Bridge
8
Sister Phoebe
9
Dear Companion
10
Two Dukes ARoving
51
The May Day Carol
52
Darby Ram
53
Little Bitty Baby Children Go Where I Send Thee
54
Brightest and Best
55
Keep Your Garden Clean
56
Bow Your Bend to Me
57
The Unquiet Grave
58

Jubilee
11
Sweet William and Lady Margaret
12
The Cuckoo
14
Old Betty Larkin
15
Lord Lovel
16
Fair and Tender Ladies
18
Goin to Boston
19
Skin and Bones
20
The Old Woman and the Pig
21
The Turkish Lady
22
Oh Love Is Teasin
24
The Little Devils
25
Whatll I Do With the Baby0
26
The Hangman Song
27
There Was A Pig Went Out to Dig
28
Golden Ring Around Susan Girl
29
The Lyttle Musgrave
30
Down Came An Angel
33
Among the Little White Daisies
34
Bachelors Hall
35
Carol of the Cherry Tree
36
Shady Grove
37
God Bless the Moonshiners
38
Little Cory
39
See the Waters AGliding
40
The Holly Bears the Berry
42
I Saw Three Ships
43
Father Get Ready
44
Amazing Grace
45
The Day Is Past and Gone
46
Ive Got A Mother Gone to Glory
47
Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah
48
Twilight AStealing
49
Lord Randal
50
The Flower Carol
59
Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
60
The Old SoapGourd
62
Joe Bowers
63
Love Somebody Yes I Do
64
Old Virginny
65
The Death of Cock Robin
66
Bandyrowe
67
Pretty Saro
68
The Miracle of Ushers Well
69
Gentle Fair Jenny
70
I Wonder When I Shall Be Married
71
Over the River Charlie
72
Barbry Ellen
73
Lonesome Sea
74
Cedar Swamp
76
Hiram Hubbard
77
Fair Annie of the Lochroyan
78
The Gypsy Laddie
80
Old King Cole
81
Somebody
82
Dance to Your Daddy
83
My Little Carpenter
84
Bangum Rid by the Riverside
85
Cambridgeshire May Song
86
Mama Told Me
87
Black Is The Color
88
Lovin Henry
89
The Reckless and Rambling Boy
91
Her Mantle So Green
93
Loving Hannah
95
Audiography
97
Index to Recorded Songs
99
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Jean Ritchie continues to perform at folk festivals, to record, and to publish music.

Ron Pen, associate professor of music and director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and the Appalachian Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, is the editor of The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles and of Jean Ritchie's Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians.

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