:: Title :: Nottamun Town
:: Genre :: children's song, comic song, ritual 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 21 (00:02:29)
:: 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 - The Ritchie children liked to sing this hauntingly mysterious song on summer evenings. When she grew up and visited England, Jean Ritchie learned that it probably accompanied an old English mummer's ritual: "during . . . which the actors - local village lads all - would turn their clothing inside out and blacken or mask their faces so as not to be recognized by their neighbors." The lyrics "painted topsy-turvy, upside-down-and-backward images, because, as one old-timer told me, 'if 'twas understood, then the good luck and the magic be lost.'" -Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians As Sung by Jean Ritchie. [Source: Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians]
0 - The melody of Ritchie's "Nottamun Town" famously became Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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