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Of British and American origin, ballads and songs are the essence of the Appalachian soul. This music ranges from hauntingly beautiful to disturbingly grim, traditional ballads that tell a compelling story to whimsical, nonsense songs filled with humor. Narrative songs equally hold the listener, as tales are told or life’s lessons are put to music. Though accompanied at times by fretted dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, or banjo, it is the distinctive Appalachian voice that stands out in this music form. The following playlist represents only a small sampling of the many ballads and songs found in the collections of the Archives of Appalachia.

Ballads and Songs - Historic Recordings East Tennessee State University

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Of British and American origin, ballads and songs are the essence of the Appalachian soul. This music ranges from hauntingly beautiful to disturbingly grim, traditional ballads that tell a compelling story to whimsical, nonsense songs filled with humor. Narrative songs equally hold the listener, as tales are told or life’s lessons are put to music. Though accompanied at times by fretted dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, or banjo, it is the distinctive Appalachian voice that stands out in this music form. The following playlist represents only a small sampling of the many ballads and songs found in the collections of the Archives of Appalachia.

    Lord Thomas or Fair Eleanor

    Lord Thomas or Fair Eleanor

    • 5 min
    Bow & Balance

    Bow & Balance

    • 5 min
    Blue-Haired Jimmy

    Blue-Haired Jimmy

    • 4 min
    Barbara Allen (Barbra Allen)

    Barbara Allen (Barbra Allen)

    • 2 min
    Miner's Child

    Miner's Child

    • 2 min
    ABC Song

    ABC Song

    • 1 min

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