May 10, 2017

Classic English and Scottish Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFWCD-40218

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: April 28, 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Celtic
Style: Traditional Folk
[Tracklist]
01 Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender (Child No. 73) Mike Seeger (3:50)
02 Golden Vanity (Child No. 286) Doug Wallin (3:23)
03 The Mermaid (Child No. 289) The Golden Eagle String Band (4:14)
04 Mathie Groves (Child No. 81) Dillard Chandler (6:14)
05 The Hanging of Georgie (Child No. 209) Iron Mountain String Band (1:56)
06 Gypsy Davy (Child No. 200) Margaret MacArthur (1:57)
07 Thomas the Rhymer (Child No. 37) Ewan MacColl (6:52)
08 Lady Margaret (Child No. 74) Pete Seeger (2:51)
09 Lord Randall (Child No. 12) Jean Ritchie (2:54
10 Pretty Polly and False William (Child No. 4) Paul Clayton (3:46)
11 Andrew Batan (Child No. 250) Warde Ford (3:36)
12 Three Nights Drunk (Child No. 274) The Blue Ridge Buddies with E.C. and Orna Ball (2:36)
13 Lord Bateman (Child No. 53) The New Lost City Ramblers (5:34)
14 The Two Sisters (Child No. 10) Ellen Stekert (1:37)
15 Gallis Pole (Child No. 95) Lead Belly (2:47)
16 Lord Barnett (Child No. 68) Ella Parker (2:35)
17 The False Knight Upon the Road (Child No. 3) Artus Moser (2:23)
18 Barbara Allen (Child No. 84) Dan Tate (2:52)
19 The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (Child No. 113) Paul Clayton (5:03)
20 The House Carpenter (Child No. 243) Dorothy Rorick (2:38)
21 The Farmer's Curst Wife (Child No. 278) Horton Barker (3:07)
[Credits]
Mastering Engineer: Pete Reiniger, Liner Notes: Jeff Place, Production manager: Mary Monseur
[Notes]
The 19th-century scholar Francis James Child meticulously and authoritatively compiled 305 Scottish and English ballads into the highly influential collection known as "Child Ballads." Although Child feared these ballads would vanish from human memory, they continue to be adored, studied, and actively performed across disciplines and genres. Classic English and Scottish Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways (from The Francis James Child Collection) introduces listeners to 21 of these traditional songs from the label’s rich collections at the Smithsonian Institution, and demonstrates the timelessness of their themes—from murder and ghosts to jealousy and unrequited love. 72 minutes, 40-page booklet with extensive notes.

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