:: Title :: Old Virginny (I Was Born In East Virginia)
:: Genre :: love song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [guitar, 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 4/49
:: Date :: 4/16/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1015.0, Track 7 (00:04:03)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Jean Ritchie performs love songs, ballads, and laments.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - This song is also sung as "East Virginia." Jean Ritchie's writes that her father "used to slip off into the deep woods on Sundays with his young friends to play ''forbidden music' on the homemade gourd fiddles. In that time, anything that wasn't church singing was sinful, and the fiddle was without question the instrument of the Devil. "Old Virginny" was one of the songs that was thus saved by my 'sinful' father . . . . Thank God! But we have wondered many a time since then, how many other songs were lost forever?" -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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