Some Ballad Folks Author:Thomas G. Burton "Some Ballad Folks" provides perspectives of five mountain women in the Beech Mountain region of North Carolina in Avery and Watauga Counties, and their traditional ballads of British origin. Texts, tunes, photographs and analysis are given, but the focus is upon the singers' own life histories and discussions of these old songs. — The five singe... more »rs were interviewed by the author mostly between September 1969 and June 1971, with additional material recorded as recently as March 1978. The Anglo-American traditional ballad has been focused upon for literary, aesthetic and personal reasons, to the exclusion of other types of songs, with no attempt to give a perspective of the singers' whole repertory.
Includes music transcriptions for 24 ballads, plus lyrics for several more.« less