Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - online songbook

Southern Appalachians songs with lyrics, commentary & some sheet music.

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Introduction
own statement, formerly knew a number of songs. We were able to record a few. Then followed a visit to "Bloody" Breathitt County in Kentucky, where we reached our final destination by following creek beds on mule back. That visit resulted in contacts that have brought us many songs. Once the nucleus of the present collection was formed, encouragement came from Mr. R. W. Gordon, that veteran collector, who called at our home and showed much interest in what we were doing. Genuine inspiration came from the kindly interest of my former teacher, Professor George L. Kittrcdge, in some of the songs that had been printed. He at once cheered on our quest for ballads. He has never ceased to encourage and to help. Much enthusiasm and many helpful suggestions have come from Mrs. Fannie Hardy Fxkstorm. Mr. Phillips Barry not only encouraged our work, but gave much valuable assistance in spotting rare songs and adding helpful notes and suggestions. Professor Guy B. Johnson of the University of North Carolina, has shown more than ordinary interest in the work and has been most generous of his time in answering letters of inquiry and in making valuable suggestions. The real and whole-hearted interest ot these and of other friends has in no small way helped to make this collection of songs into a book.
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