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Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians Hardcover – Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky; 2nd edition edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813120217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813120218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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"A delightful crystallization of the best, in an age now surfeited with the far-less-than-best." -- Folklore Society Bulletin

"A musical glimpse of a unique American cultural enclave when railroads, coal mining, and hillbilly radio were everpresent." -- Come-All-Ye --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jean Ritchie remains one of the greatest balladeers of this century. Her performances over the last fifty years have played a considerable role in the resurgence of interest in folk music, and several of her original songs are among the most popular additions to the modern folk repertory. Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians is a glimpse into the heart of this remarkable talent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
I love this book because it preserves the rough edges that the music of everday people has. If JR learned the verse to a song that didn't rhyme, she didn't "fix" it. The melodies are often asymmetrical, the ballads often have odd twists to their stories, and the emotion is just pure.
If you're looking for a book of songs for the camp-fire, this may not be it. If you're looking for the real songs of Appalachia, look no further.
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By Nancy Cornett on June 6 2000
Format: Paperback
As an amateur singer of folksongs, country, and "oldies", I was looking for a book with familiar tunes and lyrics. Although I only recognized a few of Ms. Ritchie's songs, I found the histories of each song very interesting. I took a chance and purchased the book, not sure of what I was getting. What I got was a nice read about the history of song, and a new interest in a person who obviously has a passion!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
No house arrangements in here! July 26 2002
By John Andrew Deskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book because it preserves the rough edges that the music of everday people has. If JR learned the verse to a song that didn't rhyme, she didn't "fix" it. The melodies are often asymmetrical, the ballads often have odd twists to their stories, and the emotion is just pure.
If you're looking for a book of songs for the camp-fire, this may not be it. If you're looking for the real songs of Appalachia, look no further.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Uncommon June 6 2000
By Nancy Cornett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an amateur singer of folksongs, country, and "oldies", I was looking for a book with familiar tunes and lyrics. Although I only recognized a few of Ms. Ritchie's songs, I found the histories of each song very interesting. I took a chance and purchased the book, not sure of what I was getting. What I got was a nice read about the history of song, and a new interest in a person who obviously has a passion!
So good I have two copies April 1 2014
By Stephen Addison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I originally borrowed this from a library. Years later I found a copy, and bought it on the spot. Years after that I got a copy from Amazon. Nice arrangements of old time tunes. Well worth the cost. Her other books are also worth buying. The tunes are simple with simple harmonies - a good beginning for your own versions.
This is a great collection of songs with enough music to figure out ... March 17 2015
By Dog Breath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Appalachian folk music. This is a great collection of songs with enough music to figure out the melodies. Its fun to pick something I've never heard and go to town on it. I have no idea if its 'correct' but who cares.
Very happy with it Aug. 26 2015
By Raye - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking around for just this kind of material, and came across this book. Very happy with it.


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