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7/7/20: “The Gallows Tree” by Bentley Ball (1919)

The Gallows Tree by Bentley Ball (1919)

CD 4, track 18

Concert baritone and lecturer Bentley Ball (1878-1957) was also a song collector who helped raise awareness of traditional American songs. “The Gallows Tree” from 1919 was described as a “North Carolina Mountain Song,” but it has variants throughout Europe as well, going back centuries. Leadbelly and Led Zeppelin, among others, recorded their own variants.

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