JEAN RITCHIE / BALLADS from her appalachian family tradition

1 Gypsy Laddie
2 False Sir John
3 Hangman
4 Lord Bateman
5 The House Carpenter
6 Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
7 The Merry Golden Tree
8 Old Bangum
9 Barbary Allen
10 The Unquiet Grave
11 Sweet William and Lady Margaret
12 There Lived and Old Lord
13 Cherry Tree Carol
14 Edward
15 Lord Randall
16 Little Musgrave

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 of British traditional ballads in Appalachia brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners.


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