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Influences and Inspiration

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 Influences, Inspiration and Where to Find Good Ballads


This is a hodgepodge of musician websites, public domain clearinghouses for music, and books of ballads in the public domain. You don't really need encyclopedic knowledge of murder ballads, broadside ballads, or poetry to play


Charles Vess' The Book of Ballads, which I read so many times on vacation last year that I almost wore it out.

Those antique books of English and Spanish folk ballads that I bought on the same vacation

Pentangle and so John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee (whom I've seen live twice and are two of my all time favorite shows along with Ravi Shankar).

Steeleye Span


Silly Wizard

Silly Sisters and consequently Maddy Prior and June Tabor

Anne Briggs

My autoharps and backpacker's guitar 

Rise Up Singing

Ewan MacColl

Meg's 1001 Nights

My Dog's in the Vineyard character named (Pretty) Polly;

The folk tale component of Steal Away Jordan

Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention


All the other random sources of "Barley Music" I encounter. (Chris calls the folk music I listen to "Barley Music" after "The Wind that Shakes the Barley".) 

American Memory Sound Recordings from the US Library of Congress

Broadside Ballads and the Oral Tradition


Child's Ballads

The Digital Tradition.



And, of course, murder ballads and Blackjack!

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