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Thread #65745   Message #1085647
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
04-Jan-04 - 12:55 AM
Thread Name: Top Ten Old Ballads
Subject: RE: Top Ten Old Ballads
I LOVE Palace Grand. Now, I ain't no expert and I ain't no expert's son, but Palace Grand doesn't "feel" like a traditional ballad to me. Feels more like a victorian parlor song.

How about Lord Thomas and Fair Ellen/The Brown Girl. A veritable epidemic of foot-in-mouth disease.

I also love Doc's version of Matty Groves but Christy Moore's "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" is wonderful too. Ray Fisher does a great version but I can never remember the name.

For the "Devil and the Farmer's Wife" you can't beat Jenes Cottrell (obscure) and Sheila Kay Adams (hopefully less obscure).

How can any traditional ballad list be complete without a dead baby song or two?
Lots of great versions of "The Cruel Mother" floating around.
"The Wife at Usher's Well" is another winner in this category.

What? No sibling rivalry songs?
You can't lose with "The Two Sisters"/"The Cruel Sister"/"Barkshire Tragedy".