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Selected Discography

The recordings included on the list below are those which are in print and not difficult to find. You can contact the distributors for more information.

Many of Jean Ritchie’s dozens of other recordings, especially those released only on LP, are difficult to locate. The best place to start looking may be your local public library.

From Greenhays Recordings, P.O. Box 361, Port Washington, NY 11050:

Mountain Born
None But One/High Hills and Mountains
High Hills and Mountains
None But One
The Most Dulcimer
Kentucky Christmas Old and New
Jean Ritchie Concert
Childhood Songs

Greenhays, a label founded by Jean Ritchie and George Pickow, is a division of Rounder Records.

From Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings, Office of Folklife Programs, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 2600, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560:

Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City
Child Ballads in America
Marching Across the Green Grass

From June Appal Recordings, 306 Madison Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858:

Sweet Rivers

The June Appal label is operated by Appalshop, a media collective headquartered in Whitesburg.


Another good source of information on traditional-music recordings is the Library of Congress Office of Folk Life. Write to the Public Services Office, M/B/RS Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540.

Selections performed by Jean Ritchie may also be heard on the following compilations:
Seedtime on the Cumberland Sampler 1990-1991—June Appal
Folk Song America, Vol. 2—Smithsonian Recordings
Greatest Folksingers of the ’Sixties—Vanguard
Child Ballads Traditional in the United States—Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture

Text compiled by Karen L. Carter-Schwendler. Photo by George Pickow.

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