The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #79832   Message #1449790
Posted By: Boab
02-Apr-05 - 01:57 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Barbara Allan (Sarah Makem)
Subject: RE: Origins: Sarah Makem's 'Barbara Allan'?
Where "Barbara Allen" originated is something long lost in the mists of time. It is undeniably a very old song. Samuel Pepys the English diarist mentions having heard it sung in Scotland in the sixteenth century. A version sung by Nic Jones came closest to any I've heard to that sung in Scotland and the North.