Episode No. 3 The American Hymn Tradition
Often overlooked, the United States has a unique style of hymnody finding its roots in the church music brought from Europe by the pilgrims, the American south, and the folk tradition of the Appalachians. Experience settings of the most beloved and recognizable American hymns including Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Wondrous Love and many others. Alongside gorgeous recordings of these melodies by classical performers like Anonymous 4, Yo-Yo Ma, Tenebrae, and our own David Ball on the Fred Swann Organ, this show also features some rarely-heard recordings of American Hymns by mainstream artists including Johnny Cash, Ed Sheeran, and even the “mother of folk” herself, Jean Ritchie.