Burl Ives, who had one of the great voices of the twentieth century, was identified with old ballads and other forms of Americana. He was a folk singer, but not in the mode of the protest music that arose during the 1960s.
Above he sings A Little Bitty Tear alone and is joined by Johnny Cash for a medley on the latter’s show.
Ives also was an accomplished actor. Since there isn’t too much video of him singing, I’m embedding a scene featuring Ives and Paul Newman from the film version of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It’s evident that Ives was a talented guy.
Jay Ungar’s mournful Ashokan Farewell is a perfect fit for Ken Burn’s documentary, The Civil War. It also is part of the album Songs of the Civil War. Ungar usually plays with Molly Mason, though it is unclear if that is the case here. Here is their site and the story of the song.
Here are Ungar and various other folks play The Lover’s Waltz and Dinah/Leather Britches/June Apple. Marching Through Georgia, which is about Sherman’s March to the Sea, was written by Henry Clay Work. Work wrote the children’s song My Grandfather’s Clock, here sung by Burl Ives.