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Stevebury Gypsy Rover a real folk song? (96* d) RE: Gypsy Rover a real folk song? 26 May 20


I happened on this thread, while browsing Mudcat. The June 14, 2002, entry mentions the 'Gypsy Davy' sung by 'Mrs. Charles Woodbury' for Helen Harness Flanders in 1948, and published in 'Ancient Ballads Traditionally Sung in New England'. Marion Benjamin Woodbury was my grandmother, and her father, Charles H. Benjamin, learned the song in the lumber camps north of his childhood home of Patten, Maine, around the 1860's and 1870's. Charles H. Benjamin went on to become a professor of engineering at Case, and then Dean of Engineering at Perdue. I have a copy of 'Gypsy Davy' as typed by grandmother, with her transcription of the tune.   The Flanders recordings are now available online. -- Steve Woodbury


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