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Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
12-Sep-06 - 11:49 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allendale
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lucy Gray of Allandale
I wonder if Norman and Betty were unaware of Hook's music, and, having found the lyric as a poem, made up their own tune and chorus?

That's how it sounds. It would be interesting to know where they got that background information, too.

There is a brief, but interesting, note in Keith Gregson's paper 'The Cumberland Bard: An Anniversary Reflection' (Folk Music Journal, London: EFDSS 1983. Vol 4, no 4, 333-365:

"In 1794, being at Vauxhall Gardens for the first time, I felt disgusted with many of the songs written in the mock pastoral Scottish style, and supposing myself capable of producing what might be considered equal or perhaps superior, on the following day I wrote four songs. 'Lucy Gray' was my first attempt and was suggested by hearing a Northumbrian rustic relate the story of two lovers ... These songs were set to music by Mr Hook; and my first poetic effusion was sung by Master Phelps, with great applause."

(Robert Anderson, Cumberland Ballads, 1893, p 4).