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The Honest Ploughman

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Audio CD, December 3, 2012
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My Old True Love (3:30)
The Honest Ploughman (7:16)
Down at the River (2:39)
The House Carpenter (6:26)
The Outlandish Knight (5:52)
Silver Jack (4:26)
Lost John Riley (3:02)
Total running time, 33:14

“The Honest Ploughman” is five traditional ballads, a Carter Family song, and one original song.

“My Old True Love” is a Carter Family song. Two who were lovers meet after the fact, with some nostalgia.

“The Honest Ploughman” is from English ballad tradition. This farmer at 90, having give his best to the land, is now taking relief from the parish.

“Down at the River” is my original work, a song about music in the moonlight.

“The House Carpenter” is one of the better-known Child Ballads.

“The Outlandish Knight” tells how a maid turns the tables on her would-be murderer.

“Silver Jack” is a cowboy ballad. Religion is discussed around the campfire, and leads to a fistfight.

“Lost John Riley” is a beautiful English ballad about the reunion of a man and a maid.

Dean Rathje: voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass.

Cover image: Woodcut by Hendrick Goltzius, “Landscape with Farm,” ca.1597

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Product details

  • Audio CD (December 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Music
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
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