The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56447 Message #1514464
Posted By: GUEST
03-Jul-05 - 12:49 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Recently Peter Bellamy's version of 'Captain Ward' has been re-issued ('Fair Annie', Fellside FECD187, 2004). In the notes to this CD (probably also re-issued from the original LP)PB states:
"This short version of the great pirate ballad was collected in Norfolk by Vaughan Williams, once again with a disappointing tune. I have therefore set the verses to another ballad tune, Edwin."
So, PB did "use source material" but occasionally adapted it for his own purposes. There is, of course, nothing particularly wrong with this, especially as he chose to document the changes in his notes.
Personally, I quite like James Carter's tune (the one published in Palmer) - but to me, as a singer, it presents numerous problems. But who says singing folk songs should be easy?!