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Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians Hardcover – Jun 1997

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Product Details

  • 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 2 customer reviews
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"A musical glimpse of a unique American cultural enclave when railroads, coal mining, and hillbilly radio were everpresent." -- "Come-All-Ye"

"A delightful crystallization of the best, in an age now surfeited with the far-less-than-best." -- "Folklore Society Bulletin" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jean Ritchie is the best known and most respected singer of traditional ballads in the United States. It has been nearly thirty years since she originally published Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians, and the music found here tells the story of the "Singing Ritchie Family" at a time when railroads, coal mines, and hillbilly radio were making their first incursions into the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Built upon a foundation of balladry inherited from old-world Scotland, the family's repertoire was certainly eclectic but not haphazard. The Child ballads, lyric folksongs, play party or frolic songs, Old Regular Baptist lined hymns, Native American ballads, "hant" songs, and carols brought together in this collection were assembled by family members who actively sought out fragments of tunes and completed them by adding or embellishing verses and melodies. This new edition has faithfully retained all seventy-seven line scores of the songs and added four new ones, Loving Hannah, Lovin' Henry, Her Mantle So Green, and The Reckless and Rambling Boy. The original headnotes and photographs tell the history of the song as well as how it became a part of the family's life. Chords are indicated for accompaniment; however, music notation and the printed word can present only a reasonable facsimile of any actual song. Jean's singing is simply the best guide to how the song should be sung, so a new audiography and videography have been added to this edition. --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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ca666a8) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca85240) out of 5 stars 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
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca85570) out of 5 stars So good I have two copies April 1 2014
By Stephen 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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HASH(0x9ca85468) out of 5 stars This is a great collection of songs with enough music to figure out ... March 17 2015
By Dog Breath - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
HASH(0x9ca85654) out of 5 stars 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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