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October 28, 2010


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Love this kind of music. Was raised in West Virginia and grew on this kind of music. Really beautiful and brings back a lot of memories

Just stumbled on this year old blog entry... what a treat. Currence and Minnie were my great-grandparents!

Congratulations to the winners!!
I also would have liked to have known the Hammonds' and listen to them sing and play.

Great story, thanks Tipper!
Have a great weekend ...

SOO Spooky!!!

What a great story. Thanks Bob! I bet there is a story behind every old song we hear!

I always love visiting your blog. I usually learn something and come away smiling. Thanks for sharing with this California girl.

I enjoyed this post....
Advice written and sung to insure that this doesn't happen to another youth...or adult for that matter...
Measure twice cut once type of idea!...
The thought is planted in the beginning words, Come all you young heros,(whippersnappers)..
Listen up and take this warning!...No shooting your guns after dark and always be sure that you recognise the "kill" before you shoot, lest you make a regrettable, horror filled mistake!...The ending allows the shooter to go free, so to speak but still has to carry the image of the court, the ghost of Molly, and the image of the swan for life. Lesson learned!
Seems a lot of folk songs have lessons if one really listens...

Would liked to have heard the Hammonds too. A shame so much talent is taken to the grave leaving no reminders behind. Wish I had recordings of Mama's singing and other family members that have long gone. Always enjoy your posts and the memories they bring.

Interesting post by Bob Delsemer.
It just shows how much we are all
alike in Appalachia, and mostly
because of our traditional music
and folklore. Although I enjoyed
the music and especially the banjo, I had never heard it before. The Ghosts of Halloween
are still scary here in the Smokey

I used to have the Peter, Paul, and Mary Album, "In The Wind", which included Polly Vaughn. It was a favorite, as was every song on that album back in 1963.

Seems like Peter Paul and Mary did a version of Jimmie Ranvul.

I certainly enjoyed Bob Dalsemer's article and writing. I know many wonderful musicians, many unheralded, came from that region of West Virginia. And the list of well-known artists is a long one, especially when considering the close-in Virginia and Eastern Kentucky parts of the region. I wish I could have heard the Hammonds. I know Alan Lomax tried to save and record the music of Appalachia back in the Thirties.

I was born not too far from there, near Welch, over in McDowell County and one of my favorite pieces is Jeff Pressley's "West Virginia Memories".

Thanks for sharing this - it is a shame the Hammond were not recorded singing this. I managed to find a few versions of Polly Vaughn and Molly Bawn, an Irish version in iTunes.
Thanks again!

Tipper--As was the case with you, this ballad was new to me. I'm delighted to learn about it, thanks to the fine guest post. I've spent a bit of time in West Virginia and find the folks there closer to the folkways of residents of the southwestern N. C. than people anywhere I have been.
I'm tickled pink to be among the cd winners of the Blind Pig giveaway, and you'll get my 10 choices forthwith.
Jim Casada

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