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Farmer's Curst Wife
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performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Ballads (Folkways Records, 1957), 3 mins
This collection reminds us that the ballad's purpose, first and foremost, is to tell a story. These songs narrate tales of ordinary people—hoboes and lovers and sailors—and their extraordinary deeds. From "John Henry" to "Lady Margaret," Pete Seeger's expressive style is ideally communicative.
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performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Ballads (Folkways Records, 1957), 3 mins
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American Northwest Ballads
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(Folkways Records, 1955), 25 mins
Born in 1928, Walt Robertson traveled many roads with his guitar on his back. The singer writes, "Folk music is...about the best medicine the world has got to ease its aches and pains." This compilation of ballads features songs of the Pacific Northwest.
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(Folkways Records, 1955), 25 mins
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My Old Horse Died
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produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009; performed by Dock Boggs, 1898-1971; in Dock Boggs: Legendary Singer and Banjo Player (Folkways Records, 1964), 2 mins
Banjo player Dock Boggs once said, "Lonesome songs always appealed to me." This collection features classic dark and lonely songs like "Pretty Polly" and "Oh Death." Meant as a companion album to FW05458, this volume's liner notes include background information on Boggs, miscellaneous facts, and banjo tunings fo...
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produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009; performed by Dock Boggs, 1898-1971; in Dock Boggs: Legendary Singer and Banjo Player (Folkways Records, 1964), 2 mins
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Brother Jim Got Shot
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produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009; performed by Dock Boggs, 1898-1971; in Dock Boggs, Vol. 2 (Folkways Records, 1965), 2 mins
Known for his passion for music, Dock Boggs "not only lived through Cumberland's long night but...prevailed over it. He has mastered it and infused its raw spirit and tragic temperament into his old songs," writes Jon Pankake in the liner notes. This album was recorded in 1964 at Boggs' sister's house, and Mike...
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produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009; performed by Dock Boggs, 1898-1971; in Dock Boggs, Vol. 2 (Folkways Records, 1965), 2 mins
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Dhrinnin Dhu Dhrinnin
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performed by Dave Sear; in A Folk Concert in Town Hall, New York (Folkways Records, 1959), 2 mins
This live recording of three very different singers presents Jean Ritchie's southern ballads, Oscar Brand's sea songs and "atomic blues," and Dave Sear's repertoire of Scottish songs. The three enjoy working together, and their enthusiasm is audible in both the music and the spoken introductions to several tracks...
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performed by Dave Sear; in A Folk Concert in Town Hall, New York (Folkways Records, 1959), 2 mins
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The Stoneman Family - Sutphin, Foreacre, and Dickens: Old-Time Tunes of the South
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produced by Ralph Rinzler, 1934-1994 (Folkways Records, 1957), 48 mins
Originally from Carroll County, Virginia, the Stoneman family moved to the Washington, DC area during the Depression, where they continued to play old-time music after harsh economic conditions cut short Ernest "Pop" Stoneman's recording career for Okeh and Edison. This album features tunes and songs from Pop, Mr...
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produced by Ralph Rinzler, 1934-1994 (Folkways Records, 1957), 48 mins
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