Folk Songs

Folk Songs

Kronos Quartet with Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens and Natalie Merchant


“There are few more reliable guarantees of quality in any form of contemporary music than if the name Kronos appears on the tin… This album is a journey into Appalachian tradition and its origins in the antique folk balladry of the British Isles – and it is as magnificent as you would expect… Folk and classical traditions can seldom have come together so gloriously since Ralph Vaughan Williams’s English Folk Song Suite almost a century ago.”

Nigel Williamson, Songlines

About the album

When Nonesuch Records celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 with festivals at London’s Barbican Centre and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kronos Quartet joined forces with four labelmates – Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant – to perform a concert of traditional folk songs. This album collects recordings of many of these songs.


Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello

Sam Amidon, vocals, guitar
Olivia Chaney, vocals, harmonium, percussion
Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
Natalie Merchant, vocals

Produced by Doug Petty
Additional Production by David Harrington
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

  1. Oh Where (feat. Sam Amidon)
    Traditional, arr. Nico Muhly
  2. Rambling Boys of Pleasure (feat. Olivia Chaney)
    Traditional, arr. Donnacha Dennehy
  3. The Butcher’s Boy (feat. Natalie Merchant)
    Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik
  4. Factory Girl  (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
    Traditional/Rhiannon Giddens, arr. Gabriel Witcher
  5. Last Kind Words
    Geeshie Wiley, arr. Jacob Garchik
  6. I See the Sign (feat. Sam Amidon)
    Traditional, arr. Nico Muhly
  7. Montagne, que tu es haute (feat. Olivia Chaney)
    Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik
  8. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (feat. Natalie Merchant)
    Traditional, arr. Jacob Garchik
  9. Lullaby (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
    Rhiannon Giddens, arr. Gabriel Witcher

Released by Nonesuch Records



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