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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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1809 - Sharp 76 - Pretty Saro
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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 and Paul Newman; performed by Glen Neaves; in Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change (Folkways Records, 1968), 3 mins

Stemming from a want to preserve the dwindling unique oral traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountain back-country region, Eric Davidson, Paul Newman and Caleb Finch performed field recordings of songs that exemplified the evolution of ballads in the region, creating an anthology of music that characterized the musica...

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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 and Paul Newman; performed by Glen Neaves; in Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change (Folkways Records, 1968), 3 mins
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