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Iris Dement sang this uncommon version in the award-winning film, Songcatcher (2000). The original ballad is possibly British in its ancestry. (The film, as it happens, is set in the early 1900s, and portrays a musicologist who studies and collects Appalachian folk songs in western North Carolina.) Thanks to Travis Ritch for alerting me to this pipeable ballad melody.

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from The Piper in the Holler, released August 1, 2012
trad. Appalachia, via Iris Dement; arr. Cummings/Elder/Sutherland. Caleb (viola), Pete (fiddle), Tim (smallpipes [A, with D/A drones])

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Timothy Cummings Burlington, Vermont

Chiefly a piper, Timothy Cummings is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire, including traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, France & Brittany, and Appalachia.

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