Category Archives: ballads

John Roberts & Tony Barrand – Dark Ships in the Forest: Ballads of the Supernatural

As we approach the darkest time of the year, the sun goes to sleep and with it the sharp definition that it bestows upon the world. In the long, dark nights, more is possible because less is certain. Out of … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival 1972 & 1977

Following on the heels of Michael Cooney, here’s a festival he’s been very involved with throughout its 40-year history. It’s one of the top folk festivals in the country, or at least it seems so based on the talent they … Continue reading

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Sounds of the South, recorded by Alan Lomax

Well I seem to be on a roll of 4-cd box sets featuring expired musicians from the roots of the great tree of American music. I see no reason to reverse that trend now… and in fact this is one … Continue reading

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Texas Gladden – Ballad Legacy

“I don’t think that a person who sang operetta should toy with these mountain songs” – Texas Gladden Like most musics, I suppose, the more you listen to folk music the more you develop a taste for it. But part … Continue reading

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