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The Foolish Old Man
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performed by Alan Mills, 1913-1977 and Jean Carignan; in Alan Mills and Jean Carignan: Songs, Fiddle Tunes and a Folk-Tale from Canada (Folkways Records, 1961), 4 mins
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performed by Alan Mills, 1913-1977 and Jean Carignan; in Alan Mills and Jean Carignan: Songs, Fiddle Tunes and a Folk-Tale from Canada (Folkways Records, 1961), 4 mins
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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 Folk Ballads
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(Folkways Records, 1964), 46 mins
This collection of ballads from the Kentucky mountains comes from the repertoire of Betty Garland, who learned them from her family. She writes, "I did my best to sing these songs the way I have always heard them so that the original and beautiful tunes of the mountain people won't be lost."
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(Folkways Records, 1964), 46 mins
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Booze Yacht
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produced by Karen G. Helms, 1947-2003; in Between the Sound and the Sea: Music of the North Carolina Outer Banks (Folkways Records, 1977), 3 mins
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produced by Karen G. Helms, 1947-2003; in Between the Sound and the Sea: Music of the North Carolina Outer Banks (Folkways Records, 1977), 3 mins
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A Merry Progress To London
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performed by Ewan MacColl, 1915-1989; in Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 (London: 1600-1700) (Folkways Records, 1962), 5 mins

In his liner notes, Ewan MacColl writes, “In the days before TV, radio, and newspapers, the broadsides helped both to mould and reflect public opinion; their authors acted as political commentators, journalists, [etc.].” This collection features songs about myriad topics, including economic changes during th...

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performed by Ewan MacColl, 1915-1989; in Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 (London: 1600-1700) (Folkways Records, 1962), 5 mins
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Broadside Ballads, Vol. 2 (London: 1600-1700) - Female Frollicks and Politicke
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(Folkways Records, 1962), 35 mins

This second volume (see Folkways FW03043, Broadside Ballads, Volume 1) continues Ewan MacColl’s exploration of English broadside ballads. It features songs about the exploits of women, from a woman who dresses in highwayman’s clothes for nefarious purposes (and comes to no good end) to the story of Constanc...

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(Folkways Records, 1962), 35 mins
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Bunkhouse and Forecastle Songs of the Northwest
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(Folkways Records, 1961), 35 mins
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(Folkways Records, 1961), 35 mins
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Ich ging emol spaziere - I Once Went Out Walking
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performed by Wolfgang Roth, 1910-1988; in Early German Ballads, Vol. 2: 1536-1800 (Folkways Records, 1963), 2 mins

Extensive liner notes, texts and translations accompany this second volume of Wolfgang Roth’s Early German Ballads, which highlight his rather large collection of early folk songs remembered from his youth. After leaving Germany in the early 1930s, Roth did not return to his lute until the release of this colle...

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performed by Wolfgang Roth, 1910-1988; in Early German Ballads, Vol. 2: 1536-1800 (Folkways Records, 1963), 2 mins
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The Baffled Knight
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produced by Kenneth S. Goldstein, 1927-1995; performed by Paul Clayton, 1931-1967; in Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World (Folkways Records, 1956), 1 min
Here, singer and collector Paul Clayton performs fifteen texts collected in The Viking Book of Folk Ballads, including historical ballads to songs about tabloid crime. Rather than reproducing previous traditional singers' performances exactly, Clayton himself enters the "folk process" by combining texts and mel...
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produced by Kenneth S. Goldstein, 1927-1995; performed by Paul Clayton, 1931-1967; in Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World (Folkways Records, 1956), 1 min
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Barley Grain
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produced by Irwin Silber, 1925-2010; performed by O. J. Abbott, 1872-1962 and Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in Folk Music of the Newport Folk Festival, Vol. 1 (Folkways Records, 1961), 3 mins
This volume is half of a two-recording set that includes recordings not issued on the Vanguard or Elektra Newport compilations. It features folk songs and ballads sung by Irish, Canadian, and American singers, as well as selections from Louisiana blues singers Willie Thomas and Butch Cage.
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produced by Irwin Silber, 1925-2010; performed by O. J. Abbott, 1872-1962 and Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in Folk Music of the Newport Folk Festival, Vol. 1 (Folkways Records, 1961), 3 mins
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