:: Title :: The Irish Soldier And The English Lady (The Nightingale Song)
:: Genre :: ballad
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Morris, Neal [vocal]
:: Setting :: Probably the home of Neal Morris
:: Location :: Timbo (Stone County), Arkansas (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Ozarks, Arkansas
:: Session :: Timbo 10/59
:: Date :: 10/6/1959
:: Reference Information :: T914.0, Track 2 (00:04:31)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Ballads, songs, religious material, banjo tunes, and square dance calls performed by Neal Morris, Uncle Charlie Everidge, Ollie and Oscar Gilbert, and Carlos "Bookmiller" Shannon. [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: [Quoting:] "Sal's got a bacon rind laid away / To grease Jim's middle leg so they say." ? Oscar Gilbert knows "The Fog and the Dew." ? Music grows just like a grapevine. [transcribed from interview] ? Remember how Oscar Gilbert sat and listened, mouthing the words as he listened to the playback. Remember story how Oscar was shot in mistake for Jesse James - how Frank James offered to bring him to the [sic?] St. Louis if he was offered complete immunity. ? He [Neal Morris] shakes his head like J. D. [Jimmy Driftwood] - smiles, raises his eyebrows - looks at you when he sings - closes his eyes on high notes, watches his left hand on guitar, [indecipherable] acc. [?] at the ends of line. ? Oscar thinks and maintains Neal can sing better than Jimmy D. ? Neal tells about his family - has been musicians for 500 years. People came from KY. His grandfather had a singing school - went to Carnegie Hall big singing school teaching convention - only man in the hall who knew why the sharp notes are added to school [?]. Only day Neal ever went to school in his life, he asked the teacher why the sharps and the teacher got mad. He thought Neal knew from his father [sic]. Neal got mad and left." [Source: Tapebox]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Introduction to song - discusses learning it from his grandmother who learned it from her grandmother and her (the great-great grandmother and the song's) Scottish roots. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Southern U.S. 1959 and 1960

 

 

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