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Posted By: Richie
22-Oct-11 - 11:31 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
Hi,

Gainer and Woofter were at WV in the 1920s and unfortunately some of their (at least Woofter's) versions have been suspect- as many of Niles versions.

At the time there was competition to collect versions of the Child ballads in the US. One of the Child #3, "The Elfin Knight" versions has come into question by Wilgus and others.

Combs was there doing his doctorate on folk-songs of the south at the time when Chappell and Cox were at WV.

TY for the info. Just finished a US version and you can listen to Peggy Seeger's nice recording as well:

http://bluegrassmessengers.com/o-say-do-you-know-the-way-to-selin--1937.aspx

TY for you help- I do know the web site and plan to use all of Gainer's versions- there's alot to do!!!

Richie