(1953) Jean Ritchie – Songs from Kentucky Vols 1 & 2
Sleeve notes: Cyril Clarke
US release: Issued in 1957 in the USA by Westminster as SWN 18021/RG 17 as part of the deal Argo had with the American label; 17 of the 21 tracks included – tracks not on the Westminster version marked with *. Not re-issued since 1957 as far as I’m aware.
Jean Ritchie – vocals, guitar, mountain dulcimer
Old Joe Clark
The cuckoo *
Oh soldier, soldier
Gentle fair Jenny
The Turkish lady
Froggie went a-courting
John Riley *
The gipsie laddie *
Hush little baby
There was an old woman
One morning in May
Locks and keys *
Christ was born born in Bethlehem
I don’t know where these two LPs were recorded, but they were released while Jean Ritchie was on a Fulbright scholarship to Britain, researching the origins of the songs she had learnt from her Kentucky family.
Reviewing the releases in August 1953, W. A. Chislett said in The Gramophone: “It is a long time since I heard anything more enjoyable, for all the songs are interesting, many are beautiful and Miss Ritchie sings with a natural freshness that is appropriate and also charming in itself.”
Here’s an account by Jean Ritchie of her trip to Britain in 1952-53.
Thanks to Roel van Dijk for finding me the TM 17 cover on a Japanese web site. Completionists! Note the colours!