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GUEST,BigDaddy NPR: current Appalachian ballad singers (33) RE: NPR: current Appalachian ballad singers 05 Dec 11


I learned the songs from my mother. They included "Barbara Allen," "Gypsy Davy", "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife", "The Wife Wrapped in Wether's Skin," "Peggy and the Soldier", etc. These were passed on from mother to daughter until, in my case, they were passed from mother to son. When I heard Fairport Convention doing their thing with these in the late '60s I was excited. All of this ultimately led me to a second career as a folk singer. I still do one of the old ones from time to time. And I am eternally grateful to the women who handed these down over the many years.


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