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Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition ()


A crystalline-clear voice and a tireless preservation of traditional music are two of the contibutions to folk music that Jean Ritchie is most respected for, and both shine on the Smithsonian/Folkways release Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition. Mostly a cappella, with a few songs accompanied by dulcimer, these children's ballads are alternately warm and chilling, achingly beautiful and as stark as the bones of the balladeers who wrote the songs hundreds of years ago. The bright melody of "Barbary Allen" could be ...

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  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 an Old Lord
  13. Cherry Tree Carol
  14. Edward
  15. Lord Randall
  16. Little Musgrave
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Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition
2003, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

UPC: 093074014523


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