In the early 1950s Appalachian folksinger and song collector Jean Ritchie received a Fulbright scholarship to travel to the British Isles to trace the sources of the music she grew up with in her native Kentucky. She and her husband George Pickow tracked down and recorded many authentic Scottish, Irish and English ballad singers. Field Trip is a fascinating juxtaposition of Old World songs and singers and Jean Ritchie's own inspired performances of the American variants of the same tunes and stories. A milestone of Appalachian folk history, available here on CD for the first time.
Pretty Polly - Jean Ritchie On the Banks of Red Roses - Ella Ward The Cuckoo's Nest - Jimmy MacBeath The Cuckoo - Jean Ritchie Bog Down in the Valley-O - Seamus Ennis Tree in the Valley-O - Jean Ritchie Barbara Allen - Jimmy Stewart Barbara Allyn - Elizabeth Cronin Barbry Ellen - Jean Ritchie Froggy-Went A-Courting - Jean Ritchie Uncle Frog Went Out to Ride - Seamus Ennis Orange and Lemon - Dianne Endicott Needle's Eye - Jean Ritchie A Maid in Her Father's Garden - Elizabeth Cronin A Pretty Fair Miss - Jean Ritchie Bonaparte's Retreat - Johnny Pickering Bonaparte's Retreat - Jean Ritchie Derry Gaol - Sarah Makem The Hangman Song - Jean Ritchie When My Apron It Hung Low - Jeannie Robertson Careless Love - Jean Ritchie