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Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book

Jean Ritchie

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ISBN 10: 0809823748 / ISBN 13: 9780809823741
Published by Henry C. Walck, 2002
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book

Publisher: Henry C. Walck

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First - may be Reissue.

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Jean Ritchie, the youngest of fourteen children born and raised in Viper, Kentucky, is considered one of the greatest balladeers in this century. Her performances have influenced the resurgence of interest in folk music and given audiences a glimpse into the heart of Appalachia. Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book brings together twenty-one songs from the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky. Many are old songs, brought over by settlers from Scotland, Ireland, and England. Child ballads, gospel music, play party tunes, and frolic songs have been handed down by family members, with each generation adding or embellishing verses and melodies. This new edition retains the original text from the 1952 Oxford University Press edition, written by Ritchie, and includes her husband George Pickow's beautiful photographs to help illustrate the stories of such songs as "Jubilee," "The Old Soap Gourd," and "Ground Hog." With a new forward by Oscar Brand.

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“Will be of interest to anyone who loves folk music, has a child to entertain, or who is a Jean Ritchie fan.”—Paintsville Herald

“From a time not so long ago, when television was non-existent and even radio was scarce, comes this wonderful collection of folksongs.”—Kentucky Living

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