:: Title :: The Cherry Tree Carol
:: Genre :: carol, Christmas song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Jean Ritchie I 3/49
:: Date :: 3/18/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1014.0, Track 23 (00:02:06)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Notes on tape box read: "First two stanzas of a group of Kentucky Mt. Primitive Baptist hymns, learned from her mother." [Source: Tape box]
2 - The majority of this session contains religious hymns and carols. A few ballads are to be found as well.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Child Ballad No. 54. Jean Ritchie said she learned this from her uncle, Jason Ritchie, and "set it down here as near to his quavery style as I can get, with a few lines and quavers of my own to fill in the gaps in his memory." Uncle Jason explained that this "kind of a quare song -- little story, I guess -- never got printed in the Bible, but it got told by a whole lot of folks and might be true, don't you know!" (Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie, Kentucky:, 1997). In addition to being passed along orally, a written version of the legend appears in the Apocrypha (Psuedo-Matthew 22), where the tree in question is a date palm. This carol has been traced to a fifteenth century Coventry Miracle Play and is thus one of the oldest in the Child corpus. [Source: Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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