:: Title :: Old Betty Larkin
:: 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 10 (00:00:50)
:: 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 - Although Jean Richie describes "Old Betty Larkin" as "more of a young children's game than "Goin' To Boston," which was a favorite of the courting age young people," folks of all ages enjoyed playing it. One of Ritchie's aunts, "as she got older and older ... prided herself ever more on being able to outlast the young girls and boys on the floor. . . . I recollect more than one time when 'Old Betty Larkin' began with one of her frisky young nephews grabbing Aunt Annie's hands and whirling her onto the floor, shouting, 'Hop around, skip around, Old Betty Larkin!' Aunt Annie would whoop and laugh? 'Who you callin' old? I can out-skip you any time you say!'" -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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