The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10886   Message #1476855
Posted By: Hamish
03-May-05 - 05:13 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Yep: I do it. I nicked it off Sylvia Herold, who had it on Folk Roots summer 1997 cover CD. She does a lovely, thoughtful and rather wistful version. My version turned out rather more in-yer-face and was for many years a staple of my set. There's an MP3 extract on my site: if it grabs you I can e-mail you the full CD track. It's on my personal page, here.

I've heard The Demon Barbers' version, which is also very fast, and even agressive, but with a strange time signature (I can't recall it now, but it might even be in 7/8). Worth checking out. But try tracking down Sylvia's version if the wistful idea grabs you: it seems to me to suit the words better that way. But sometimes I can't control the way songs turn out! ;-)

p.s. wow! I just did a Google on Sylvia Herold Katy Cruel and there it is: a very truncated bit, but gives you the idea. It's here