Once I Courted A Pretty Little Girl

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sung and played on dulcimer by Josiah Combs and recorded by John Lomax and Bess Lomax Hawes 9-13-40 in Fort Worth, Texas for the Library of Congress
Josiah H Combs (1886-1960) grew up in Hindman, (Knott County) Kentucky where he learned many folksongs from family members He graduated from Hindman Settlement School in 1905 He attended Transylvania University, in Lexington, Kentucky where with Dr Hubert Shearin in 1911 they published "A Syllabus of Kentucky Folk Songs" which included over 333 titles from eastern and central Kentucky Its sequel, "Twenty Mountain Songs" followed in 1915 Combs' graduate study was at the Sorbonne (University of Paris) In his thesis (1925), "Folk Songs du Midi des Etats-Unis" (Folk-songs of the Southern United States) he explored the origins of Appalachian songs and ballads as revealed in the language, names, and customs of the people he collected them from



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Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College




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