FTX-907 - BLACK IS THE COLOUR

Maud's Appalachian Collection -1-

30 songs, ballads & dance-tunes with lilting, fiddle and banjo as well as music from The Sugarleaf Sheltons Band. Dr Maud Karpeles accompanied Cecil Sharp when he collected in the mountains during the First World War. He wrote down the music and she the words. A selection of their findings was published in FOLK SONGS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS. In 1950 and 1955 she returned to record some of the people and their surviving relations, who were still singing and playing. Vol.1 covers Tennessee and N.Carolina with some interesting talk about Sharp's visit, as well as reminiscences of the Civil War.

1. BLACK IS THE COLOUR (FSSA #85) - Emma Hensley (Mrs. Donald Shelton) of Carmen, N.C. rec Flagpond, Tenn. (sung unaccompanied) - 1'39"

2. BLACK IS THE COLOUR - (as previous - accompanying herself on the harmonium) - 1'04"

3. SALLY GOODIN; SHORTNING BREAD Vocal dance-lilt with "jigging" - (as previous) - 0'55"

4. POLLY; CUMBERLAND - Donald Shelton (fiddle) - 2'05"

5. CANDY GALS - Andy J. Edwards (fiddle) - 1'03"

6. THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME - (as previous) - 0'57"

7. THE BIRD'S COURTING SONG (FSSA #215) - Maud Long (daughter of Mrs.Jane Gentry), Hot Springs, Madison Co., N.C. - 0'52"

8. FROG HE WENT A-COURTIN' (FSSA #220) - (as previous) - 1'36"

9. I FED MY HORSE IN A POPLAR'S TROUGH - (as previous) - 0'43"

10. AWAY DOWN IN THE VALLEY (The Tree in the Wood #206) - (as previous) - 2'10"

11. THE CRUEL SHIP'S CARPENTER (Song #49) - Mrs.Charlie Noel, Hot Springs - 0'34"

12. THE MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW (FSSA #16) - (as previous) - 1'04"

13. LADY MARG'ET & SWEET WILLIAM (FSSA #20) - W.H.Stockton, Flagpond, Tenn - 1'18"

14. RATTLE-TUM-A-GIPSUM DAVIE (Gipsy Laddie #33) - Emma Hensley - 1'31"

15. PRETTY LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BLUE DRESS ON - (as previous) - 1'09"

16. CRIPPLE CREEK - (as previous) - 0'29"

17. COME IN, COME IN (Young Hunting #18) - Linnie Landers (blind), Jonesboro, Tenn - 0'57"

18. THREE LITTLE BABES (The Wife of Usher's Well #22) - (as previous) - 4'15"

19. MONDAY MORNING GO TO SCHOOL (Two Brothers #12) - Emma Hensley (with harmonium) - 1'16"

20. THE DEAR COMPANION (FSSA #111) - Mrs Ella Shelton (unacc.) Alleghany - 1'39"

21. A SAILOR'S TRADE (Sweet William #106) - Emma Shelton (Mrs Donald Shelton), Alleghany, N.C. - 2'18"

22. Talk about Cecil Sharp's first visit & the present one - (as previous) - 2'02"

23. Reminiscences of burying casualties after battles in the Civil War & members of her family who fought in it - (as previous) - 5'15"

24. SWEET WILLIAM (Lady Margaret #20) - (as previous) - 5'44"

25. THE TURTLE DOVE (FSSA #114) - (as previous) - 2'35"

26. LOCKS AND BOLTS (FSSA #80) - (as previous) - 2'20"

27. CUMBERLAND GAP - (5 string banjo) - 1'17"

28. YONDER SITS LITTLE MAGGIE - (as previous) - 0'43"

29. PIKE MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN - The Sugarleaf Sheltons (fid/ banjo/ gtr) - 2'11"

30. FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS - (as previous) - 1'26"

31. THE LOST INDIAN - (as previous) - 1'19"

32. BONYPARTE'S RETREAT - (as previous) - 1'57"

33. THE PRETTY FAIR FIELD (Tree in the Wood #206) - Martha Wiseman Aldridge, Three Mile, Avery Co., N.C. - 2'30"

Recorded by Maud Karpeles 1950 & 1955. Edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax cassettes 1976.

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