Live at Folk City

Live at Folk City

by Jean RitchieJean Ritchie


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According to reissue annotator Joe Wilson, Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie had never heard of each other before they got together for a concert at Folk City in 1963, which says something about the 40-year-old Watson's obscurity at the time and about his limited knowledge of other performers, since 39-year-old Ritchie had been recording for more than a decade. The two had a lot in common, however, the North Carolina-born guitarist and banjo player sharing a repertoire of traditional material with the Kentucky-born dulcimer player. During their set (actually featuring only six songs performed together, with seven solos by Watson and four by Ritchie), they mixed murder ballads with spirituals and dance tunes. The titles included many songs that were familiar to country fans, and that would become familiar to folk fans as well: "Pretty Polly," "Wabash Cannonball," and "Amazing Grace." Especially interesting were "Go Dig My Grave," "Hiram Hubbard," and "House Carpenter," on which Watson played banjo and Ritchie sang. This was very much a joint appearance rather than a real duo outing, but the performers were sufficiently strong and complementary enough to make it work. (The 1990 Smithsonian/Folkways reissue added three tracks -- "East Virginia," "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," and "Pretty Saro" -- to the original 1963 release.)

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1992
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074000526
catalogNumber: 40005
Rank: 75451


  1. The Storms Are on the Ocean
  2. Go Dig My Grave
  3. Spikedriver Blues
  4. Over the River Charlie
  5. Soldier's Joy
  6. Swing and Turn Jubilee
  7. East Virginia
  8. Hiram Hubbard
  9. Where Are You Going?
  10. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
  11. Pretty Polly
  12. Willie Moore
  13. What'll I Do With the Baby-O?
  14. Pretty Saro
  15. Wabash Cannonball
  16. The House Carpenter
  17. Amazing Grace

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