Jean Ritchie sings Shady Grove
There are so many reasons that I was excited to find this video. I love this song–my whole family loves this song. Jean Ritchie is a mysterious, intriguing person. And Pete Seeger sitting quietly by, just listening–the whole thing is just fascinating to me. It’s from Pete’s little television show, Rainbow Quest, which I see is now available on dvd. I’ve watched a few episodes on old videotapes borrowed from the library. The show was resolutely amateurish, as a matter of principle, it seems when you watch it. The idea seems to be that we’re not here to dazzle you, we’re here to sing some simple tunes that speak for themselves. And they do.