:: Title :: Barbry Ellen (Barbara Allen)
:: Genre :: ballad, Child ballad
:: 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 :: T1017.0, Track 4 (00:05:54)
:: 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 - Notes on tape box read: "One of the longest versions" [Source: Tape Box]
0 - This was one of the most famous and popular Child ballads (No. 84) sung in America.
0 - This Ritchie version of 'the song everybody knows' is our family adaptation of the tune and text that is found in the part of Knott County, Kentucky wherein my father, Balis Ritchie, was born and raised, and where the first twelve of us were born. We knew at least three other tunes in the family, but this one is my favorite. (excerpt from 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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