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Ewan MacColl

Ewan MacColl: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads
Child Ballads — Folkways


The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Voume One)

  • The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Voume One)
    • 1961 - Folkways FW/FG 3509 LP
    • 2004 - Folkways FW/FG 3509 (Digital)

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  • Side One
    1. Johnnie O'Breadisley (Johnie Cock) (Child No. 114)
    2. The Dowie Dens O'Yarrow (Child 214)
    3. Lord Randall (Child 12)
    4. Sir Patrick Spens (Child 58)
    5. The Burning O'Auchendoun — Willie MacIntosh (Child 183)
    6. Oud Goodman — Our Gudeman (Child 274)
    7. The Rantin Laddie (Child 240)
  • Side Two
    1. Bawbee Allan — Barbara Allen (Child 84)
    2. The Brown Girl — Lord Thomas and Fair Annet (Child 73)
    3. The Three Ravens (Child 26)
    4. The Bonnie Earl O' Murray (Child 181)
    5. The Battle of Harlaw (Child 163)
    6. Thomas Rhymer — Thomas Rymour (Child 37)

  • Musicians
    • Ewan MacColl: Vocals
  • Credits
    • Recorded by Moses Asch
    • Cover Design by Ronald Clyne

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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads: Volume Two

  • The English and Scottish Popular Ballads: Volume Two
    • 1964 - Folkways FW/FG 3510 LP
    • 2004 - Folkways FW/FG 3510 (Digital)

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  • Side One
    1. The Beggar Man (Child Appendix 279)
    2. Lord Gregory — The Lass of Roch Royal (Child 76)
    3. Young Beichan (Child 53)
    4. Glasgow Peggy (Child 228)
    5. Amang the Blue Flowers and the Yellow — Willie's Lyke-Wake
    6. Bessie Bell and Mary Grey (Child 201)
  • Side Two
    1. The Bonnie House O' Airlie (Child 199)
    2. Captain Ward and the Rainbow (Child 287)
    3. The Gypsy Laddie (Child 200)
    4. The Broomfield Hill (Child 43)
    5. Hughie Graeme (Child 191)
    6. Geordie (Child 209)
    7. Proud Lady Margaret (Child 47)
    8. The Sweet Kumadee — The Sweet Trinity (Child 286)

  • Musicians
    • Ewan MacColl: Vocals
  • Credits
    • Cover Design by Ronald Clyne

Sleeve Notes

TRADITIONAL BALLADS by EWAN MacCOLL

"Defined in its simplest terms, the ballad is a folksong that tells a story. Whatever may be added to this statement is by way of amplification, to explain and clarify, merely, since the whole truth of the matter is in it. What we have come to call a ballad is always a narrative, is always sung to a rounded melody, and is always learned from the lips of others rather than by reading."

Gerould: The Ballad of Tradition.

Gerould might also have added that the traditional ballad form is one which has proved extremely durable. Not only has it survived social upheaval, revolutions in science and technology, profound changes in public taste and fashion; it has even survived the collectors, anthologists, 'improvers' and concert singers.

This extraordinary capacity for survival appears to have escaped the notice of the most brilliant ballad scholars. Professor Child in a letter to the Danish savant, Svend Gruntvig, wrote: "The sources of British ballads are dried up forever." Thirty five years later Cecil Sharp observed: "The English ballad is moribund, its account is well nigh closed."

Fortunately, these obituary notices have proved premature for while it is true that the TV set has usurped the function of the village storyteller and ballad singer, it is equally true that the occasional intelligent use of TV and radio has introduced the traditional ballad and ballad singer to a large new audience. Furthermore, with the advent of the tape-recorder and the LP disc, the story of the complete ballad form (words and music together) has reached a completely new stage.

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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads: Volume Three

  • The English and Scottish Popular Ballads: Volume Three
    • 1964 - Folkways FW/FG 3511 LP
    • 2004 - Folkways FW/FG 3511 (Digital)

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  • Side One
    1. The Broom of Cowdenknowes (Child 217)
    2. Captain Wedderburn's Courtship (Child 46)
    3. Fair Ellen (Child 63)
  • Side Two
    1. Sweet William — The Famous Flower of Serving-Men
    2. The Elfin Knight (Child 2)
    3. Glenlogie (Child 238)
    4. Henry Martin (Child 250)

  • Musicians
    • Ewan MacColl: Vocals
  • Credits
    • Cover Design by Ronald Clyne

Sleeve Notes

Same as Volume Two

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