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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Wolf Collection of Ozark Folk Songs

Lyon College in Batesville Arkansas has an online collection of Ozark folk songs. I have been perusing this for years. I suspected few of you knew about this so I am bringing this up.

The first love, of this blog, is Old Time Ozark music. I have discussed the obvious kinds of Ozark music in the past but have not said much if anything about less obvious material.

You don't hear a lot of the really old ballads sung anymore. They have largely become academic curiousities hauled out for the odd demonstration. No longer can you find the elderly lady from the deep backwoods who knows these songs and will sing them for you. They are not there anymore.

This material is kept alive by the efforts of enthusiasts who appreciate it and academicians who do it as part of their work.

At this website maintained by Lyon College, you can find folk songs and mp-3's of the material performed.
This is a fantastic resource for you to use. Go by and check it out and I am sure you will find some intersting new tunes and songs to learn.

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