:: Title :: Little Musgrave
:: 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 6/49
:: Date :: 6/2/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1019.0, Track 26 (00:04:15)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Jean Ritchie performs ballads, game songs, carols, and an Appalachian hymn.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Child ballad No. 82. Tape defect @ 3:47, at which point the performance is not audible.
0 - Notes on tape box read: "in part to - [whether it be to my weal or my woe] [Source: Tape Box]
0 - Child ballad #81 ("Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard")
0 - We walked on, Uncle Jason talking slowly and steady?'Now what song of all the ones I sung today did you like the best? The one about the Lyttle Musgrave? It is a pretty thing, the language of it, and the dainty music. Reason I asked you is, I aim to sing you best liking for a parting.' Whereupon he stood very straight, put on hand on my shoulder?and sang. The little branch water sang along in a sweet dulcimer drone, like its music was made just in tune for the ballad. Uncle Jason's tall, black-clad frame swayed to the quavery ups and downs of the song and his eyes closed over with memories. He sang the whole song, all twenty-seven verses of it, and I don't have to tell you that I was black dark getting home. (excerpt from Singing Family of the Cumberlands, Jean Ritchie) [note: the spelling of "lyttle" is Uncle Jason's] [Source: Singing Family of the Cumberlands]
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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