1. How and when did you first hear Wayfaring Stranger?
Burl Ives record in the 50s
2. How did you learn it?
repeated play of the record, Burl Ives song book and hearing other performers such as the Limeliters.
3. When did you first perform/record it?
Performed it in high school in mid 60s
4. Why did you choose to perform/record it?
It was relatively easy to sing and play. I liked the modal aspect of the melody and the harmonies in the more "major" 2nd part. The song was very flexible - could sound good in a variety of styles. The words had personal and universal appeal and fit well with the melody. Just a flat out great song.
5. Where did you source your lyrics from?
Probably Burl Ives song book