Jean Ritchie (b 1922)

American singer of traditional American and British folk songs. Also collector of songs in the UK.


Title.year.Label. Number
Rounds and Roundelays1948   
Singing the Traditional Songs of Her Kentucky Mountain Family1952   
[Reissue]2010 Tartare 
Songs from Kentucky Vol 11953 ArgoARL 1012
Songs from Kentucky Vol 21953Argo ARL 1013
Courting Songs1954   
Kentucky Mountain Songs1954   
Field Trip1954   
[Reissue]2001 Greenhays 
Singing Family of the Cumberlands1955   
Saturday Night and Sunday Too1956   
Children's Songs & Games from the Southern Mountains1956   
[Reissue]2009 Folkways 
American Folk Tales and Song1956   
The Ritchie Family of Kentucky1958   
Carols of All Seasons1959TraditionTLP 1031
[Reissued as "Carols For All Seasons"]1997Rykodisc/TraditionTCD 1058
Riddle Me This (*)1959   
Field Trip - England1960   
As I Roved Out - Field Trip Ireland1960   
Ballads in Colonial America (**)    
British Traditional Ballads vol 11961   
British Traditional Ballads vol 21961   
Ballads (vol 1 and 2 above, on a single CD)2003   
Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition1961 Smithsonian Folkways SFW40145 
[Reissue]2009 Smithsonian Folkways 
Come On In, We're Pickin' And Singin'1962   
Precious Memories1962   
The Appalachian Dulcimer: An Instructional Record1963   
[Reissue]2009 Folkways 
A Time for Singing1966   
Marching Across the Green Grass (****)1968   
Clear Waters Remembered1971 TransatlanticXTRA 1123 
Jean Ritchie at Home1974   
None But One1977   
Christmas Revels. Wassail! Wassail!1982   
O Love is Teasin'1985   
Kentucky Christmas, Old and New1987   
The Most Dulcimer1992   
Mountain Born1995   
High Hills and Mountains1996   
Childhood Songs1997   
(* with Oscar Brand)
(** with Tony Graber)
(*** with Doc Watson)
(**** full title: Marching Across the Green Grass & Other 
American Children's Game Songs)

Multi-volume albums.

Songs From Kentucky (*) 1957Westminster RG 17
None But One/ High Hills and Mountains 1994Greenhays  
(* Consists of 17 of the 21 tracks from "Songs of Kentucky Vol 1" and "Vol 2" [1953])

Collaboration - Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand, Tom Paley, Harry and Joanie West.

Title. year. Label.
Shivaree! 1955  

Collaboration - Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand and Tom Paley.

Title. year. Label.
Courtin's A Pleasure 1955  

Collaboration - Jean Ritchie and Paul Clayton.

Title. year. Label.
American Folk Tales and Song 2006  

Collaboration - Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson.

Title. year. Label. no.
Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City 1963Smithsonian Folkways 40005 
[Reissue]2010Smithsonian Folkways 


Title year. Label.
Legends of Old Time Music 2002  
Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story 1997  

Album tracks.

Carols For All Seasons. Recorded 1959. Running time 36 minutes 30 seconds. Jean Ritchie (vocals, lap dulcimer), Robert Abramson (harpsichord), LaNoue Davenport (recorder). Liner notes by Jean Ritchie. Original title was "Carols of All Seasons". 



1. The Carnal and the Crane (instr) Trad
2. I Saw Three Ships Trad
3. Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies Trad
4. Children Go Where I Send Thee (Appalachian carol) Trad
5. Down in Yon Forest Trad
6. Brightest and Best (Appalachian carol) Trad
7. Cherry Tree of Cumberlands (Appalachian carol) Trad
8. The Pig Went out to Dig Trad
9. Christ Church Bells Tune:Trad, Words: J Ritchie
10. The Flower Carol (to the tune "Good King Wenceslas") Trad
11. The May Day Carol Trad
12. The Cambridge May Song Trad
13. The Holy Well Trad
14. The Little Family (Appalachian carol) Trad
15. Christ Was Born in Bethlehem Trad
16. The Holly Bears The Berry (Sans Day Carol) Trad
17. Wassail Song (instr) Trad

Last updated on 11/02/2011