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Jean Ritchie Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition SFW40145 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberSFW40145
labelSmithsonian Folkways
Release date20/09/2016
Release date22/04/2003

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      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 British Traditional Ballads in the Southern Mountains brings her clear, pure voice and timeless songs to new generations of listeners.

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