The Pressley Girls
The girls learned the song “Red is the Rose” five years ago and they’ve been singing it ever since. I wrote about the song back when they first learned it. As usual, I tried to see if I could find the origins of the song. I never did find out who wrote it, and I’m not sure anyone knows. Another song, “Loch Lomond” has the same tune, so that makes the task even more difficult.
This is what I found on the online music forum Mud Cat Cafe:
RE: Red Is The Rose
From: GUEST,Seamus Kennedy
Date: 17 Feb 00 – 01:32 AM
I recorded Red Is The Rose a few years ago, and I’d heard that Tommy Makem had written it. So I called him to get the facts for attribution, royalties, etc., and he told me that he did not write it, but that he had learned it from his mother Sarah, who had been singing it for many, many years. He didn’t know whether Red is the Rose or Loch Lomond came first. Tommy and Liam Clancy did a beautiful version of it. All the best.
Its funny when the girls first started singing the song, Chitter loved it because of the fiddle playing. Somewhere along the way she decided she hated playing it and Chatter decided she loved singing it because the words were so pretty. Eventually they both decided the song was a pretty good one and they put it on their cd “When it Ends in a Walk.”
Give it a listen and see what you think.
With Valentine’s Day coming up this week the girls thought they’d spread some love by giving away one of their cds. For a chance to win one of The Pressley Girls’ cds leave a comment on this post. Giveaway ends Thursday February 14.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.