Jean Redpath's Scottish Ballad Book

by Jean Redpath

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Jean Redpath's Scottish Ballad Book (CD): This CD which features the crystal-clear vocals of a young Jean Redpath is made from an orginal LP released in 1962. The album, her debut, was recorded and released in New York where she had arrived a few months earlier with just eleven dollars in her pocket. A series of serendipitous "accidents" saw her in Greenwich Village four months later sharing quarters with such legends of the '60s folk revival as Rambling Jack Elliot and Bobby Dylan. An appearance in a hootenanny at Gerde's Folk City brought the offer of a booking, won a rave review in the New York Times, and Jean had very much arrived on the American folk scene. Invitations to record soon followed. It was the start of an illustrious career.

The notes on the original LP cover say "A talent so rich and multi-faceted as Jean Redpath's is rare. The young visitor from Scotland has been causing a sensation in America wherever her stunning soprano voice has been heard. Her specturm of moods is broad; on minute she will dwell on a tragic theme with poignance and penetration, and the next will do a flippant street song or bar-room rant with a comendienne's flair".

There is no one who interprets the Scottish tradition more beautifully or with more affection than Jean Redpath and her sensitive interpretations of the songs of Robert Burns are known and admired throughout the world. On her first album 'Scottish Ballad Book' it is such a delight to hear the gorgeous timbre of her voice on the eleven songs which include The Gypsy Laddie, Licht Bob's Lassie, Bonny Boy, Wee Toon Clerk andSir Patrick Spens. Accompaniment: Ralph Rinzler (Banjo & Guitar). Ralph Rinzler is a member of the Bluegrass ensemble 'The Greenbriar Boys'.
This CD has been produced from a record made over fifty years ago. There are some crackles and clicks associated with the age of the original material, but we have tried to make the sound quality of the CD as clear and crisp as possible. We hope that you will agree with us that the quality of Jean's beautiful singing still shines through. You can either buy the CD from us below or click here for an immediate download of Scottish Ballad Book. (via PayPal)


released June 24, 2013



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