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England

Ewan MacColl

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger: The Long Harvest
Traditional Ballads in their English, Scots & North American variants


The Long Harvest - Record One
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  • The Long Harvest - Record One
    • 1967 - Argo (Z)DA 66 LP

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  • Side One
    • THE TWA SISTERS (Child 10)
      1. Minorie (Scots)
      2. The Swan Swims sae Bonnie (Scots)
      3. There was on Old Lord (American)
      4. Peter and I (American)
    • THE CRUEL MOTHER (Child 20)
      1. The Cruel Mother (English)
      2. The Cruel Mother (American)
      3. Down by the Greenwood Sidey-O (American)
      4. The Lady from Lee (English)
      5. The Cruel Mother (American)
  • Side Two
    • LORD RANDAL (Child 12)
      1. Lord Randal (Scots)
      2. Jimmy Randal (American)
      3. Henry my Son (English)
      4. Willie Doo (Scots)
      5. Croodin Doo (American)
      6. Billy Boy (American)
    • THE BAFFLED KNIGHT (Child 112)
      1. The Shepherd Lad (Scots)
      2. Clear away the Morning Dew (English)
      3. Katie Morey (American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Two
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Two
    • 1967 - Argo (Z)DA 67 LP

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  • Side One
    • RIDDLES WISELY EXPOUNDED (Child 1)
      1. Riddles Wisely Expounded (English)
      2. The Devil's Nine Questions (American)
    • THE ELFIN KNIGHT (Child 2)
      1. The Elfin Knight (Scots)
      2. O Say do you know the way to Selin ? (American)
      3. Scarborough Fair (English)
      4. The Elfin Knight (American)
      5. The Cambric Shirt (American)
      6. My Father Had an Acre of Land (English)
  • Side Two
    • THE DAEMON LOVER (Child 243)
      1. The Daemon Lover (English)
      2. The House Carpenter (American)
      3. The House Carpenter (American)
      4. Well met, Well met (American)
    • THE DREADFUL GHOST
      1. The Dreadful Ghost (Nova Scotia)
    • THE GOSPORT TRAGEDY
      1. The Ghost Ship (English)
      2. Pretty Polly (American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Three
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Three
    • 1967 - Argo (Z)DA 68 LP

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  • Side One
    • OUR GOODMAN (Child 274)
      1. Our Goodman (Scots)
      2. Five Nights Drunk (American)
    • LAMKIN (Child 93)
      1. Lamkin (Scots)
      2. Lammikin (American)
    • THE GYPSY LADDIE (Child 200)
      1. The Gypsy Laddie (Scots)
      2. Black Jack Davy (American)
      3. The Heartless Lady (American)
      4. Harrison Brady (American)
  • Side Two
    • THE BROOMFIELD HILL (Child 43)
      1. The Broomfield Hill (Scots)
      2. Fair Maid on the Shore (American)
    • THE GREY COCK (Child 248)
      1. The Lover's Ghost (English)
      2. The Grey Cock (American)
      3. I'm a Rover (Scots)
      4. Here's a Health to all True Lovers (Scots)
      5. Lover in the Night (English)

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The Long Harvest - Record Four
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Four
    • 1967 - Argo (Z)DA 69 LP

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  • Side One
    • BONNIE BARBARA ALLEN (Child 84)
      1. Bawbee Allan (Scots)
      2. Barbry Ellen (English)
      3. Barbry Allan (American)
    • SIR LIONEL (Child 18)
      1. Sir Eglamore (English)
      2. Wild Boar (American)
      3. Old Bangum (American)
      4. Ole Bangum (American)
  • Side Two
    • THE LASS OF ROCH ROYAL (Child 76)
      1. Lord Gregory (Scots)
      2. Lass of Roch Royal (American)
      3. Georgie Jeems (American)
      4. Who will shoe your pretty little feet? (American)
    • THE KNIGHT AND THE SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTER (Child 110)
      1. The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter (English)
      2. The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter (American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Five

  • The Long Harvest - Record Five
    • 1967 - Argo (Z)DA 70 LP

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  • Track List:
    • THE CRAFTY FARMER (Child 283)
      1. The Crafty Farmer (Scots)
      2. Well Sold the Cow (Canadian)
      3. The Highwayman (English)
      4. The Highwayman Outwitted (English)
      5. The Fair Damsel From London (American)
    • THE WIFE OF USHER'S WELL (Child 79)
      1. The Wife of Usher's Well (Scots)
      2. The Three Babes (American)
    • LORD LOVEL (Child 75)
      1. Lord Lovell (Scots)
      2. Lord Lovel (American)
      3. Abe Lincoln Stood at the White House Gate (American)
      4. The New Ballad of Lord Lovel (American)
    • SIR HUGH (The Jew's Daughter) (Child 155)
      1. Sir Hugh (or The Jew's Daughter)
      2. The Fatal Flower Garden (American)
      3. Little Saloo (American)
      4. It Rained a Mist (American)
    • BABYLON (Child 14)
      1. The Burly Burly Banks of Barbree-O (American)
      2. The Bonnie Banks of Airdrie-O (Scots)

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The Long Harvest - Record Six
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Six
    • 1968 - Argo (Z)DA 71 LP

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  • Side One
    • LADY ISABEL AND THE ELF KNIGHT (Child 4)
      1. May Colvin (Scots)
      2. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight (American)
      3. The Outlandish Knight (English)
      4. Billy Came Over the Main White Ocean (American)
      5. The Willow Tree (American)
    • OLD WOMAN OF SLAPSADAM AND JOHNNY SANDS
      1. The Wife of Kelso (Scots)
      2. Rich Old Lady (Ameriacn)
      3. Johnny Sands (English)
  • Side Two
    • THE DOUGLAS TRAGEDY (Earl Brand) (Child 7)
      1. The Brave Earl Brand and the King of England's Daughter
        The Douglas Tragedy (Scots)
      2. Earl Brand (American)
      3. The Lady and the Dragoon (American)
    • THE MAID FREED FROM THE GALLOWS (Child 95)
      1. Prickle Holly Bush (English)
      2. Hangman (American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Seven
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Seven
    • 1968 - Argo (Z)DA 72 LP

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  • Side One
    • GEORGE COLLINS
      1. (Lady Alice) and Clerk Colvill (Child 42-85)
      2. George Collins (English)
      3. Young Collins (American)
      4. Clerk Colven (Scots)
      5. Giles Collins (American)
      6. The Dying Hobo (American)
    • WILLIE (Thomas) O'WINSBURY (Child 100)
      1. Lord Thomas of Winesberrie (Scots)
      2. John Barber (American)
  • Side Two
    • THE THREE RAVENS (Child 26)
      1. The Three Ravens (English)
      2. The Three Ravens (English)
      3. The Twa Corbies (Scots)
      4. The Crow Song (American)
      5. The Three Crows (American)
      6. The Three Ravens (American)
      7. Poor Old Crow (American)
      8. Blow the Man Down (English)
    • SIR PATRICK SPENS
      1. Sir Patrick Spens (Scots)
      2. Sir Patrick Spens (American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Eight
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Eight
    • 1968 - Argo (Z)DA 73 LP

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  • Side One
    • YOUNG BEICHAN (Child 53)
      1. Young Beichan (Scots)
      2. Lord Bateman (American)
      3. Turkish Rover (Canadian)
    • THE CHERRY TREE CAROL (Child 54)
      1. The Cherry Tree Carol (English)
      2. Sweet Mary and Sweet Joseph (American)
      3. Joseph and Mary (American)
  • Side Two
    • LIZIE WAN (Child 51) and EDWARD (Child 13)
      1. Lucy Wan (English)
      2. Fair Lucy (American)
      3. What Brought the Blood Upon Your Right Shoulder, Dear? (Irish)
      4. Edward (American)
    • THE FROG'S COURTSHIP
      1. The Puddy in the Well (Scots)
      2. Froggie Went A-Courting (American)
      3. King Kong Kitcnie (American)
      4. There Was An Old Frog

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The Long Harvest - Record Nine
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Nine
    • 1968 - Argo (Z)DA 74 LP

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  • Side One
    • THE FALSE KNIGHT UPON THE ROAD (Child 3)
      1. The False Knight and the Wee Boy (Scots)
      2. The False Knight upon the Road (Scots)
      3. The False Fidee (N. American)
      4. The False Knight upon the Road (Nova Scotia)
    • THE BRAES OF YARROW (Child 214) and WILLIE'S RARE (Child 215)
      1. The Dowie Dens of Yarrow (Scots)
      2. The Dewy Dens of Yarrow (N. American)
      3. Yarrow (N. American)
      4. Willie's Rare and Willie's Rare (Scots)
      5. The Braes of Yarrow (N. American)
  • Side Two
    • THE WIFE WRAPT IN WETHER'S SKIN (Child 277)
      1. The Wife in the Wether's Skin (Scots)
      2. The Daughter of Peggy 0 (English)
      3. Gentle Fair Jenny (N. American)
      4. Rissolty Rossolty (N. American)
    • THE DEATH OF QUEEN JANE (Child 170)
      1. Queen Jane (N. American)
      2. The Death of Queen Jane (English)
      3. Jane was a Neighbour (N. American)
      4. Queen Jean (Scots)
      5. Poor Sally (N. American)
      6. Six Lords Went A-Hunting (English)
      7. Two Dukes (N. American)

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The Long Harvest - Record Ten
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  • The Long Harvest - Record Ten
    • 1968 - Argo (Z)DA 75 LP

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  • Side One
    • THE TROOPER AND THE MAID (Child 299)
      1. The Trooper and the Maid (Scots)
      2. A Soldier Travelling from the North (American)
      3. Trooper and the Maid (American)
    • BETSY
      1. Betsy (English)
      2. The Brewer's Daughter (American)
    • THE KEACH AND THE CREEL (Child 281)
      1. The Keach and the Creel (Scots)
      2. The Little Scotch Girl
  • Side Two
    • LORD THOMAS AND FAIR ANNET (Child 73) and FAIR MARGARET AND SWEET WILLIAM (Child 74)
      1. Lord Thomas and Fair Annie (Scots)
      2. Little Margaret (American)
      3. Sweet William and Fair Annie (Scots)
      4. Lady Margaret (American)
    • THE LOWLANDS OF HOLLAND (Child 92 Appendix)
      1. Lowlands of Holland (English)
      2. The Lowlands of Holland (Scots)
      3. The Lowlands of Holland (American)

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  • Notes:
    • The Sleeve Notes are the same on all 10 volumes — dated 1967.
      • Volumes One-Four record labels are dated 1967 — Volume Five is not in my collection.
      • Volumes Six-Ten record labels are dated 1968.
    • Only Volumes Nine & Ten include instrumental credits.
      • I assume that these are the instruments used throughout the series, but not necessarily on each album.
      • See Peggy Seeger's website for more detailed information.
    • The records were re-released at 10 volume CD set
      • The Long Harvest: Volumes 1-10 (10 CD set): 2008 - Camsco 704 CD

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  • Musicians
    • Ewan MacColl: Vocals
    • Peggy Seeger: Vocals, Guitar, Autoharp, 5-String Banjo, Appalachian Dulcimer and English Concertina
  • Credits
    • Producer: Harley J. Usill
    • Production Assistant: Josephine Beattie
    • Engineer: Stan Goodall
    • Cover Design: Denis Turner

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Sleeve Notes

One of the most encouraging features of the current British folksong revival is the way in which the repertoire of traditional ballads is being opened up and explored by a steadily increasing number of young singers. Audiences, too, begin to manifest a remarkable familiarity with traditional ballads and it is not unusual for those who sing in folk clubs to find themselves, after a performance, cornered by a section of the audience and made to defend their particular version of a ballad against other versions recently heard. More and more singers report an increase in the ratio of ballads to other types of songs requested by club audiences. Another interesting phenomenon is the speed with which alternative versions of ballads appear on the folk scene. A case in point: Lambkin (Child 93) was introduced to revival audiences in the spring of 1965 and within four months five distinct versions were in club circulation, two of them collected from field singers by revival singers. A similar proliferation of versions followed the introduction of The Broomfield Hill, Lucy Wan, The Bramble Briar, Henry My Son (Lord Randal) and The Two Sisters.

Equally interesting developments have been taking place in the field of education where, in the last two or three years, some county authorities have initiated ballad study courses for teachers. At the same time, school textbooks of the prose-and-poetry type now include traditional ballad texts as a matter of course, and the growing practice of issuing LP discs along with textbooks has meant that many children become familiar, at an early age, with ballads as songs and not merely as antique recited poems.

There are, here and there, schools where music teachers regard the singing of traditional ballads as a necessary creative discipline and there are even schools where it is the practice to call upon a number of the school folksong club to illustrate a history lesson with historical ballads of the period under discussion. In our Universities too, particularly in the newer ones, English faculty members are beginning to look upon the traditional ballad as a fit subject for serious study. It was in order to satisfy the needs of this rapidly expanding ballad audience that the present project was conceived.

It is intended that THE LONG HARVEST will consist of ten 12" LP records — approximately 7 1/2 hours of traditional ballads in their British and North American variants. In addition to demonstrating the richness of the ballad tradition these records will, it is hoped, explore literary parallels and common sources and, at the same time, draw attention to specific aspects of thematic deviation, types of textual change and musical variation.

Not all the ballads recorded are from Professor Francis Child's great definitive collection THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH POPULAR BALLADS. Here the choice of material has been made on the basis of whether a ballad has entered into tradition both here and in North America, and been subject to the same folk processes that operated on most of the ballads included in the Child canon.

Another factor which has influenced the selection of items is the singer's familiarity with the material. By and large, both singers knew at least one item in each set of variants long before the project was embarked upon. This was not a matter of expediency; both singers are of the opinion that these songs work best when the singer has had time to assimilate the stylistic nuances which ultimately effect the shape of a satisfactory performance. Such assimilation involves passing through a series of stages, each one of which reveals new and sometimes contradictory elements in the ballad.

Finally, as to the sources: Some of the pieces recorded here have been known to the singers from childhood and were learned from members of the family, or in Peggy Seeger's case from recordings of traditional singers. Some were learned directly from traditional singers encountered in the course of field-recording trips. Still others were learned from books and recordings made by other collectors. Almost all the pieces have undergone small textual and melodic changes with the passing of the years. A small number of texts are collations made from two or more sources. Where possible, collation details are included in the notes to the ballads; it is not however always possible to remember which verse comes from where, and in such cases there is a bare statement of collation.

The best collectors of field material have published the material exactly as they found it, and often excellent tunes are accompanied by inferior or fragmentary texts — or an excellent text has been found with no melody. In such cases, melodies have been taken from other versions or, as in several instances, made by the singer. The two American versions of The Elfin Knight will demonstrate admirably the necessity of collation in certain cases.

The singers wish to acknowledge their indebtedness to Professor Bertrand Bronson's great work THE TRADITIONAL TUNES OF THE CHILD BALLADS. This magnificent work of scholarship has not only simplified the task of producing these recordings — it has helped to inform a new generation of English, Scots and American ballad singers as to the precise nature of an important part of their musical heritage.

© Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl, 1967

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