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Young Hunting, an old murder ballad popular throughout the UK and Appalachia, drew Nathan Bontrager’s attention because it flips the normal narrative structure for this genre of song on its head by placing the murder weapon in a woman’s hand. The unusual melody was originally transcribed by Cecil Sharp who heard it sung by an old woman in North Carolina.


from A Breath Against The Calm, released November 3, 2018
Trad. arr. Root and Branch


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Root & Branch play the traditional music of Britain, Ireland and the Appalachian mountains. The band consists of five musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, with diverse influences and backgrounds that create a distinctive and energetic sound.

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