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Thread #113486   Message #2413032
Posted By: Stewie
13-Aug-08 - 08:23 PM
Thread Name: The Cuckoo Bird question
Subject: RE: The Cuckoo Bird question
Meade's earliest printed citation is to Journal of the Folk-Song Society (London 1899-1931) III, 90; VI, 14 and to Alfred Williams 'Folksongs of the Upper Thames' (London, Duckworth, 1923) p 165. The earliest American recording was by Kelly Harrell in June 1926 but not issued until April 1929. There were also recordings in 1928 by Grayson and Whitter and by Bradley Kincaid. Clarence Ashley made his well-known recording in October 1929.

Apart from Ashley's, I reckon my favourite recording of this is a live performance by Townes Van Zandt (with unknown fiddler) which was released on his 'Roadsongs' album. Roadsongs.