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Madeline MacNeil, Ralph Smith

Folk Songs Of Old Kentucky

Instrument line-up: Zither
Edition: Sheet Music
Composer: Madeline MacNeil, Ralph Smith
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Arranger: Madeline MacNeil
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
Order no.: MB98423
ISBN: 9780786649266
Weight: 205 g
Pages: 80


This book provides 20 beautiful Anglo-American folk songs, field-collected by two remarkable real-life 'song catchers, ' Josephine McGill and Loraine Wyman, in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky in 1914 and 1916. Josephine and Loraine, the latter accompanied by Howard Brockway, a composer and arranger, were among the first persons to search for folk songs in the Southern Appalachians. The musical adventurers traveled hundreds of miles on horseback and on foot through an inaccessible world to which radios, roads and cars had not yet come. They made friends in isolated log cabins, and transcribed some 200 song treasures, some of which they published in complex arrangements in books that are now out of print and rare. This book contains a selection of the songs, presented with simplified musical notation, guitar chords, and dulcimer tablature. It also includes glowing accounts of their mountain adventures, published by Josephine and Howard in long-forgotten publications; a must for all lovers of American folk music.

Table of contents:

Little Sparrow
Barbara Allen
Frog Went a-Courting
As I Walked Out
Sweetheart in the Army
Charming Beauty Bright
John Riley
The Lonesome Scenes of Winter
The Cherry Tree Carol
The Lady and the Glove
The Barnyard Song
Her Cheek is Like Some Blooming Red Rose
Noah's Ark
The Cuckoo, First Version
The Cuckoo, Second Version
Loving Hannah
Fair Nottiman Town
Sourwood Mountain
The Inquisitive Lover
Peggy Walker

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