:: Title :: Goin' to Boston
:: Genre :: game 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 5/49
:: Date :: 5/5/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1016.0, Track 1 (00:01:29)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Notes on tape box (for session 1016) read: "Game songs" [Source: Tape Box]
2 - Session 1016 is comprised of game songs. Many of them are playparty games. Session 1017 is included as well as both sessions were recorded on May 5, 1949. 1017 returns primarily to ballads and love songs.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Though dancing with "steps" and devilish fiddle accompaniment were considered sinful, play parties were allowed. Jean Ritchie reminisced that "'Boston' is at the top of every play-partners' list, having one of the finest tunes combined with the best of the running-set figures. I have always wondered, but haven't yet found anyone who can tell me for sure, whether the "Boston" in the song refers to the city in Massachusetts or the little town of Boston in England. --Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie [Source: Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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