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and JOHN RORKE (baritone) in Mountain Ballads and Cowboy Songs
PhyUis Scott at the pianoforte
These ballads and cowboy songs are the true folk-songs of North America. The American has drawn his folk-music from various sources-from his negro slaves and their descendants, and from his own Anglo-Saxon ancestors (as in the Appalachians). The ever popular songs of Stephen Foster have long been adopted as quasi-folk songs. But the American cowboy song is nearest to the true folk song, originally composed by no one knows whom, handed on from singer to singer, and modified by each according to fancy.
It is even said that some of these songs have an origin as purely utilitarian as that of the hauling-shanties on the old sailing-ships. The sound of the human voice soothes restless cattle and the cowboys of the Far West found it easier to keep their great herds together on the open priairie at night if they sang as they made their rounds.


Baritone: John Rorke
Unknown: Stephen Foster

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