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GUEST,GUEST, Reinhard Zierke Origins: The Devil and the Feathery Wife (37) RE: Origins: The Devil and the Feathery Wife 28 Sep 09


Ian Spring, in Folklore vol 99;ii 1988, wrote this about Martin Carthy's version:

“However, although this reading can be applied to the Feathery Wife, certain details, notably the emphasis on the 'plague of the scolding wife' in the Buchan version, may suggest an alternative reading. In order to emphasise this point I would like to draw attention to a version of this tale that is still performed in the oral tradition in this country. This is The Devil and the Feathery Wife as sung and recorded by the English folksinger Martin Carthy. This version is, in fact, simply a derivation of the Buchan version slightly altered, colloquialised, and set to tune by the great collector of English folksong, Bert Lloyd. Martin Carthy sings it, with concertina accompaniment on the record, in the highly stylised 'buttonholing' tradition of English comic songs.”


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