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Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings

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BASHFUL COURTSHIP
BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR (1)
BLACK WATERS
BLUE DIAMOND MINES
COME FARE AWAY
COOL OF THE DAY
CUCKOO SHE'S A PRETTY BIRD
DEAR COMPANION
EARLY FIELDS
FAIR AND TENDER LADIES
FAIR NOTTAMUN TOWN
GOWER WASSAIL
GYPSIE LADDIE
HANDSOME MOLLY
I WONDER WHEN I SHALL BE MARRIED
KILLY KRANKY
LAST OLD TRAIN'S A-LEAVIN'
LOVING HANNAH
MAY DAY CAROL
MORNING COME, MARIA GONE
MY DEAR COMPANION
OLD CRUMLEY or MORE WORK IN A DAY
OLD GEORGE'S SQUARE
SOMEBODY'S TALL AND HANDSOME
THE L & N DON'T STOP HERE ANYMORE
THE NIGHTINGALES SING (4)
THE ORPHAN'S LAMENT
THOUSAND MILE BLUES
WEST VIRGINIA MINING DISASTER
WHAT'LL WE DO WITH THE BABY-O?
WIDDECOMBE FAIR
WITH KITTY I'LL GO


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GUEST,BigDaddy 29 Nov 01 - 12:45 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 09 Dec 01 - 06:26 PM
GUEST,BigDaddy 10 Dec 01 - 12:21 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 11 Dec 01 - 05:13 PM
GUEST,CTMS Member 11 Dec 01 - 05:44 PM
catspaw49 11 Dec 01 - 05:58 PM
Amergin 11 Dec 01 - 09:49 PM
catspaw49 11 Dec 01 - 10:36 PM
Abby Sale 11 Dec 01 - 11:03 PM
Banjer 12 Dec 01 - 06:17 AM
Sigma Alpha Rho 12 Dec 01 - 08:29 AM
GUEST,BigDaddy 12 Dec 01 - 11:10 AM
Joe Offer 05 Aug 02 - 02:04 PM
Willa 05 Aug 02 - 02:50 PM
Joe Offer 05 Aug 02 - 03:16 PM
Big Mick 05 Aug 02 - 03:29 PM
Willa 05 Aug 02 - 03:44 PM
Big Mick 05 Aug 02 - 03:58 PM
Joe Offer 05 Aug 02 - 04:04 PM
RolyH 05 Aug 02 - 04:35 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 05 Aug 02 - 05:29 PM
Peter T. 16 May 03 - 03:34 PM
GUEST 16 May 03 - 03:38 PM
GUEST,Choirgal 18 Mar 08 - 06:29 AM
Art Thieme 18 Mar 08 - 11:21 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Jul 09 - 12:50 PM
Severn 28 Nov 09 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,David Baril 19 Feb 10 - 08:09 PM
Thomas Stern 20 Feb 10 - 03:40 PM
GUEST,David Baril 21 Feb 10 - 05:17 PM
Joe Offer 06 Nov 14 - 01:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 29 Nov 01 - 12:45 AM

Here's the response from JuneAppal: "Jay, Thank you for your interest in Sweet Rivers, and I apologize for taking so long to respond. We have talked with Jean a bit about releasing it on CD but no firm plans on the horizon. We have an amazing back catalog of music available only on cassette and vinyl, and though we'd like to bring them up to current technology, it will probably be slowly, one at a time. Sweet Rivers is currently available on cassette tape for $8 plus $3.75 shipping and handling. If you're interested you can send a check or money order, made out to Appalshop, to JuneAppal Recordings, 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858. Be sure to note on your check that it is for Sweet Rivers. I look forward to hearing from you. David Reynolds"


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 09 Dec 01 - 06:26 PM

Hello all, Back from travels, and intrigued with the ideas you put forth, Spaw, BigDaddy, Mick. I had lost this thread- it never comes up for me when I type it in; have to go to a Joe O. letter with blue clicky to find it, and I hadn't thought of it in awhile. Anyway, I'll talk with the family about the boxed set thing (Boxed Set sounds so- Confining! and, Permanent!) and see what they think. Thanks for caring. I think I'm getting nodes or something, so probably won't be singing much longer nohow! Maybe it's time for a- Boxed Set. (I'm not kidding- just say that, authoritively, a few times, and see how it sounds. Love to all, Jean


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 12:21 AM

Welcome back, Jean!


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 05:13 PM

Spaw and Big Mick- Humble apologies- my wierd sense of humor sometimes escapes when it shouldn't... Of course I think a boxed set is a fine idea, and I'm quite honored and very appreciative of the suggestion. Happy Holidays to all, Jean


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,CTMS Member
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 05:44 PM

Jean,

I am so excited that you are going to be at the Summer Solstice Festival in June this year! I can hardly wait!


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 05:58 PM

Sorry Jean....I didn't see you had posted before! Howecer.....I DO see what you mean about the connotation of "Boxed" Set.......Never thought of it that way......and now dammit, I'll always think of it that way!(:<))

Actually, if you do it....and you SHOULD....maybe we can think of a different name.....I could see it done as songs through different periods of your life, spring, summer, fall....but no winter, make that one a collection of Holiday/Christmas tunes......Call it the "Seasons of Jean Ritchie." Or toss it out for some creative Mudcat guesswork.....I think we can come up with something besides "Boxed" set!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Amergin
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 09:49 PM

maybe include a book with it or something....like a music book of some of the songs in it....

maybe Seasons of Appalachia....


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: catspaw49
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 10:36 PM

OOOOOO....That's good 'Gin boy! A shift perhaps to include Jean's name....."Jean Ritchie's Appalachian Seasons".......

Okay Jean, we'll keep talking about it huh? Maybe after New Year's? In the interim........A very Merry Christmas and my finest wishes to you and George and your sons for the Holidays!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Abby Sale
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 11:03 PM

Er, what Summer Solstice Festival is that? Where?


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 06:17 AM

What about 'A Musical Anthology by Jean Ritchie' or maybe 'Songs For All Seasons, An Anthology by Jean Ritchie'? I would stand in line for days to get one!!!


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Sigma Alpha Rho
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 08:29 AM

Hello Jean,

One of my treasured LPs is "A Time For Singing." Is there any chance that you'll put it out on CD?

All the best,

SAR


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 11:10 AM

Jean Ritchie alert! I just finished reading "Clay's Quilt" by Silas House. This is a must read excellent first novel. And you have to love a book in which the main characters listen to Jean Ritchie recordings.


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Subject: Index: Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 02:04 PM

I just picked up a copy of this wonderful little book, which was originally published in 1952. The was also a 1964 edition, and the edition I have was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1999. Photos in the book are by Jean's husband George Pickow.
Here's the index:
  • The Swapping Song 2
  • Lazy John 6
  • The Tree In The Valley-O 10
  • I Built My Love A Big Fine House 14
  • Over The River To Feed My Sheep I8
  • Old Roger Is Dead 22
  • Jubilee 26
  • Two Dukes A-Riding 30
  • Shady Grove 34
  • The Old Soap-Gourd 38
  • Old Woman And The Pig 42
  • The Old Man In The Woods 46
  • Pretty Fair Miss 50
  • Jackaro 54
  • Ground Hog 58
  • The Deaf Woman's Courtship 62
  • Skin And Bones 66
  • The May Carol 70
  • Hush, Little Baby 74
  • Litfle Bitty Baby 78
  • Pretty Saro 82

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Willa
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 02:50 PM

Kytrad,
I'm intrigued to know whether Old Woman And The Pig is the story my mother used to recite to us. "fire won't burn stick,stick won't beat dog, dog won't bite pig...".I had been trying to track down a copy of the poem for a long time, then took my little niece to a local museum last week and found a booklet with it in.It brought back happy memories, and now I can pass it on again.


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Subject: ADD: The Old Woman and the Pig
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 03:16 PM

Well, it's not the Tom Thumb story of The Old Woman and Her Pig (click), but it's a nice song.
-Joe Offer-

THE OLD WOMAN AND THE PIG

There was an old woman and she had a little pig,
Mmm-mmm-mmm,
There was an old woman and she had a little pig,
Mmm-mmm-mmm,
There was an old woman and she had a little pig,
Didn't cost much 'cause it wasn't very big,
Mmm-mmm-mmm.

Now this old woman kept the pig in the barn,
Mmm-mmm-mmm,
Now this old woman kept the pig in the barn,
Mmm-mmm-mmm,
Now this old woman kept the pig in the barn,
Prettiest little thing she had on the farm,
Mmm-mmm-mmm.

Now this old woman fed the pig on clover, etc.
It lay down and died all over.

The little piggy died 'cause it couldn't get its breath, etc.
Wasn't that an awful death?

The little old woman she died of grief, etc.
Wasn't that a sad relief?

The little old man he sobbed and sighed, etc.
Then he too lay down and died.

Well, that was the end of the one, two, three, etc.
The man, and the woman, and the little pigee.

O, the good old book lies on the shelf, etc.
If you want any more you can sing it yourself!


from Jean Ritchie's Swapping Song Book


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Big Mick
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 03:29 PM

Joe, I am interested in where you got the copy. From Jean's website? I would love to have this.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Willa
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 03:44 PM

Thanks Joe. your link was the one I wanted, though my mother's version was a little different. Big Mick, Amazon have copies of Jean's Swapping Song book on offer; I just looked at the website.


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Big Mick
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 03:58 PM

Thanks, Willa!!


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Subject: Jean Ritchie's Swapping song Book
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 04:04 PM

Hi, Mick - I got it from one of the online sites, maybe Barnes & Noble. You would think it would be available at http://www.jeanritchie.com, wouldn't you? [attn:kytrad - this is a hint]. It's also available at University Press of Kentucky, publisher of reissues of Jean's Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians and Singing Family of the Cumberlands. The University Press of Kentucky has a number of music books that look interesting (click).
I have the Oak Publications (1963) edition of "Singing Family." It has illustrations by Maurice Sendak. I see that the new edition of the book has those same illustrations, but I wonder if the new editions of her books are all the same as the originals, or if changes have been made. "Swapping" and "Folk Songs" both have photos by George Pikow, and they're absolutely beautiful in the University Press editions.
My favorite Ritchie book is Celebration of Life, which also has George Pikow photos (although I note that I said above that my favorite was Singing Family).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: RolyH
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 04:35 PM

A book which I have treasured for many years is 'Jean Ritchie's Dulcimer People'(Oak)
Can't remember where I got it from, but it made me go out and buy a dulcimer (not too common in the UK in the 70's) and I have struggled to hack a tune out of it ever since!(it looks so easy)
The book contains details of past and present players,tuning,playing styles,how to make a dulcimer,a few songs,many photos and loads more info.


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 05 Aug 02 - 05:29 PM

Well- is my face red! I DID instruct my webmaster to add THE SWAPPING SONG BOOK to the website, soon after it was re-published by UK Press. I guess I won't fire him, as he's my son Jon, but you know he'll hear about it. You should be able to find it listed with the other books VERY soon. And thanks to all for the reminder.


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Peter T.
Date: 16 May 03 - 03:34 PM

Worth noting is that Smithsonian Folkways has come out with "ballads", a reissue with new notes of the 1961 album, with new notes.


It happens that on a cold wet day I am working through her wonderful book "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" (never read it before, it is a true example of pure writing), and alternating chapters with a cut from the ballads. This is a fine way to spend a day in one's own "Corner".

yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 03 - 03:38 PM

so when does the box set come out?


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Subject: Wild Horses
From: GUEST,Choirgal
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 06:29 AM

does anyone know where the song "Wild Horses" originated from. I know it talks about Harlan and I am assuming Kentucky. (In a debate with choir director over it as we are sing this piece must say iti s a tounge twister learning it.)


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Art Thieme
Date: 18 Mar 08 - 11:21 PM

Possibly I missed my favorite recording by Jean in the many posts to this thread, but that LP was one on the Tradition Records label I think. It is called CAROLS OF ALL SEASONS.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 12:50 PM

"Carols of All Seasons" has been digitally re-mastered and has just been released (July 9, 2009). Essential Media Group. Price about $12.98.


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Severn
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 11:25 AM

Nobody's mentioned "From Fair To Fair-Folk Songs Of The British Isles" 1966 Henry Z. Walck Inc. New York), a copy of which I stumbled across in a used bookstore in Columbus Ohio. A story thread about a roving minstrel ties together songs from different regions and can be apprieciated by both kids and adults. Is this one still in print?


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,David Baril
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 08:09 PM

I am looking for a recording Jean Ritchie singing "Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair". I have searched through iTunes and Amazon's mp3 downloads to no avail. I have found the MIDI file and the lyrics but would like to hear the original. Suggestions?



Thanks,

David Baril
Almonte, Ontario
dpbaril [atsign] sympatico [dot] ca


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 03:40 PM

"Black is the Color" was recorded by Jean Ritchie
on her first Elektra 10-inch LP EKL-2 Jean Ritchie (1952).
It was reissued on:
EKL 125 Jean Ritchie (1957)
60402 O Love is Teasin'-Anglo American Balladry (1985)
Rhino/Handmade RHM2 7867 Mountain Hearth & Home (2004)

Best wishes, Thomas Stern


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Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Books & Recordings
From: GUEST,David Baril
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 05:17 PM

Thanks Thomas! Since my previous post I had discovered the last one you mentioned but not the previous two.

Regards,

David


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Subject: ADD: Let the Sun Shine Down on Me
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 14 - 01:41 AM

LET THE SUN SHINE DOWN ON ME
(Jean Ritchie)

CHORUS
O, Roll on, clouds in the mornin',
Roll on, clouds in the mornin',
Roll on, clouds in the mornin',
Let the sun shine down on me.

I looked out this mornin’,
Deep down trouble I see;
Yes I looked out this mornin’,
Let the sun shine down on me.
CHORUS

Saw the big cloud a-risin',
Hard trouble I see;
Heard my mother cryin',
Let the sun shine down on me.
CHORUS

There was water, but I couldn't drink it,
Deep down trouble I see,
Bread, but I couldn't eat it,
Let the sun shine down on me.
CHORUS

I know there's a great day comin'
When no more trouble I see;
When we'll all shout together,
Let the sun shine down on me.
CHORUS


written by Jean Ritchie under the pen name 'Than Hall
Copyright Geordie Music, 1963, 1971

from her Celebration of Life Songbook, page 43


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