The British ballad west of the Appalachian Mountains
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The British ballad west of the Appalachian Mountains

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Published .
Written in English



  • United States.


  • Ballads, English -- United States.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Norman L. McNeil.
LC ClassificationsMicrofilm 97/1121 (P)
The Physical Object
Paginationv, 189 p.
Number of Pages189
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL300942M
LC Control Number97208117

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Appalachian music is the music of the region of Appalachia in the Eastern United States. It is derived from various European and African influences, including English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music (especially fiddle music), hymns, and African-American recorded in the s, Appalachian musicians were a key influence on the early development Cultural origins: 18th century, Appalachia, . Ten years after British scholar Cecil J. Sharp declared the traditional English ballad a "moribund" art form, he discovered a rich and thriving tradition of ballad-singing in America's southern Appalachian Mountains. Jean Ritchie, a tradition-bearer from Appalachian Kentucky, shares some of her favorite "story songs" of murder and romance.   Based on a real-story-turned-folk-song, The Ballad of Tom Dooley tells the tale of Laura Foster, a girl who was murdered in the North Carolina mountains shortly after the Civil War. Her boyfriend Tom Dula was hanged for the crime; as the song goes, he and his married lover were responsible for the tragedy. The most studied, and arguably respected, musical tradition in the Appalachian region is the ballad. Many ballad melodies began in England, Scotland, Ireland, or Wales and then traveled with settlers to the mountains of Appalachia. Ballads were then .

  The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb Sharyn McCrumb uncovers the true story behind the Appalachian folk song in this novel of love and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the North. Appalachia (/ ˌ æ p ə ˈ l eɪ tʃ ə,-l eɪ ʃ ə,-l æ tʃ ə /) is a cultural region in the Eastern United States that stretches from the Southern Tier of New York State to northern Alabama and Georgia. While the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Belle Isle in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in Alabama, the cultural region of Appalachia typically refers only to the central and southern. Like most Appalachian ballads, the infamous Ballad of Tom Dooley has a back-story. This novel is a fictionalized account of that back-story. However, despite the fact that this is a novel, McCrumb did a substantial amount of historical investigation while researching the book.   Here is a version of Tom Dooley sung by Bob Conroy, accompanying himself on the banjo, which was recorded at the 20th Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar, March in Ireland. Another popular subject for the murder ballad is the story of the Twa Sisters. This folk song comes to the Appalachian mountains from the Scottish and.

Many of the songs found in the Appalachian Mountains were notated by ASU History Professor I.G. Greer, a song catcher that was born in who did most of his work in the early s. McKenzie points out another murder song based on true events that happened in this part of western North Carolina called “The Ballad of Frankie Silver.”. Appalachian Studies classes in eight states use The Ballad of Frankie Silver to highlight the cultural differences between the mountain and flatland Southern communities. It was also studied in the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia as an example of how law was practiced on the 19th century frontier, and how poor people fare in the. When folklorist Cecil Sharp came to North Carolina to collect ballads, he found a treasure trove in Madison County, which he called "A Nest of Singing Birds." Today, NC's Appalachian Mountains are widely recognized for a long-standing, unbroken tradition of ballad singing. Many traditional ballad singers live in rural counties in western NC, and it is a rare and special occasion for . Jean Ritchie is a national treasure, one of America's finest and best known traditional singers. She grew up in Viper, Kentucky, and is part of a large family, the famous "Singing Ritchies of Kentucky." The ballads on this recording are outstanding Appalachian versions .