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Thread #79832   Message #1449444
Posted By: John Minear
01-Apr-05 - 04:37 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Barbara Allan (Sarah Makem)
Subject: Origins: Sarah Makem's 'Barbara Allan'?
I have tried to look through the Barbara Allen threads and may well have missed the answer to my question here. If so, kindly point me in the right direction.

I am wondering if anyone knows where Sarah Makem's version of "Barbara Allen" comes from. I'm assuming that it is Irish. I have not found similar versions elsewhere, except those that probably can be traced back to her. In Bronson, I discovered that many of her verses, which are somewhat unique to this song, do show up scattered around in other places. Some from England and some from America. But is her's a uniquely Irish version? Is there some history behind it?

I don't have access to her recording or any liner notes on it. Perhaps someone can share what is available. Her version is available in the DT. Thanks. T.O.M.