Folk Songs of Old Kentucky

Folk Songs of Old Kentucky

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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.Guilbert increasingly specialized in French folk songs, and Loraine quickly adopted both French and British folk songs as her specialty. Vivacious, happy, funny, and apparently an utter stranger to stage fright, Loraine appeared on stage in British and French peasant ... When mountain children taught her songs in English, Loraine taught them songs in French! They adored it. Loraine and Howard returned to New York with a rich harvest, and promptly began to use it in concerts.

Title:Folk Songs of Old Kentucky
Author:Ralph Lee Smith, Madeline MacNeil
Publisher:Mel Bay Publications - 2011-02-24


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