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Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians Hardcover – Jun 1 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: 26.7 x 18.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)


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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
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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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26 of 27 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.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Uncommon June 6 2000
By Nancy Cornett - Published on Amazon.com
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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 R. Addison - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians Oct. 30 2011
By Old Old-timer - Published on Amazon.com
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Arrived in great condition when expected. Almost 100 old-time tunes. Great fun. Appreciate the the annotations to each tune. Great for beginners or seasoned old-time musicians.
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My mother-in-law loves it Jan. 2 2013
By TieDye Kid - Published on Amazon.com
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bought as a gift, she grew up with all these old songs...umm so 8 more words required. still need three

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