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Thread #14925 Message #3956817
Posted By: Brian Peters
15-Oct-18 - 07:19 PM
Thread Name: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole / Gallows Pole
Subject: RE: Leadbelly and the Gallus Pole / Gallows Pole
Alphonso Smith, who collected ballads in Virginia during the 1910s, reported that "The Hangman's Tree "seems to have become peculiarly the property of negroes, at least in Virginia", and described a partly acted-out performance in an African-American community in which a separate individual played each part. None of Smith's published examples looks much like Leadbelly's, though.
Does anyone know whether Iron Head's version can be found anywhere?