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Folk Songs of Old Kentucky

Two Song Catchers in the Kentucky Mountains 1914 and 1916

By Ralph Lee Smith with Madeline MacNeil

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Dulcimer (Mountain) - Beginning-Intermediate
Two Song Catchers in the Kentucky Mountains 1914 and 1916. Arranged by Ralph Lee Smith with Madeline MacNeil. Saddle-stitched, Solos. Old Time. Book. 80 pages.

Item Number: MB.98423

ISBN 9780786649266. Old Time. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book provides 20 beautiful Anglo-American folk songs, field-collected by two remarkable real-life "song catchers," Josephine McGill and Loraine Wyman, in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky in 1914 and 1916. Josephine and Loraine, the latter accompanied by Howard Brockway, a composer and arranger, were among the first persons to search for folk songs in the Southern Appalachians. The musical adventurers traveled hundreds of miles on horseback and on foot through an inaccessible world to which radios, roads and cars had not yet come. They made friends in isolated log cabins, and transcribed some 200 song treasures, some of which they published in complex arrangements in books that are now out of print and rare. This book contains a selection of the songs, presented with simplified musical notation, guitar chords, and dulcimer tablature. It also includes glowing accounts of their mountain adventures, published by Josephine and Howard in long-forgotten publications; a must for all lovers of American folk music.

  • Little Sparrow 
  • Barbara Allen 
  • Frog Went a-Courting 
  • As I Walked Out 
  • Sweetheart in the Army 
  • Charming Beauty Bright 
  • John Riley 
  • The Lonesome Scenes of Winter 
  • The Cherry Tree Carol 
  • The Lady and the Glove 
  • The Barnyard Song 
  • Her Cheek is Like Some Blooming Red Rose 
  • Noah's Ark 
  • The Cuckoo, First Version 
  • The Cuckoo, Second Version 
  • Loving Hannah 
  • Fair Nottiman Town 
  • Sourwood Mountain 
  • The Inquisitive Lover 
  • Peggy Walker