Well, we have been burrowing down fairly deep in the details here for the past week on the "Willard" manuscript. I just wanted to remind everybody that I'm still looking for other versions of "The House Carpenter"/"The Daemon Lover" from northeastern part of North America - yes, we expanded our original locale from New England to this larger region. Does anyone know of any versions that we have missed? And what about the broadside printed in Philadelphia? Has anybody ever seen this thing? Is it the same as the DeMarsan version printed in NYC?
Does anyone know of any recordings of any of the versions of "The House Carpenter" that we have turned up so far? Has anyone ever recorded one of these New England or Canadian versions?
I know we are headed into the Christmas Weekend here, but if you need a break from all of the holiday cheer and goodwill, think a little on "The House Carpenter"!
Here are some YouTube versions (none from New England that I know of) that you might enjoy:
Bradley Kinkaid from Kentucky:
Peggy Seeger (with what appears to be the ending of the ballad):
Joan Baez with the first version many of us heard:
Clarence Ashley, from Tennessee, with his classic version:
From the Watson family in North Carolina:
Natalie Merchant's version:
Buffy Sainte-Marie's version:
Jean Ritchie's version from Kentucky: