The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #111362   Message #2563973
Posted By: Bernard
11-Feb-09 - 12:30 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle / Old Pendle
Subject: RE: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle / Old Pendle
As far as I am aware, the 'Witches' verse was added by Brian (it is certainly different from the other verses), and he didn't use the first verse as the chorus, which was the way I learned it in the 1970s.

Hopefully someone has more information - possibly Alan Bell could shed some light if anyone is near enough to ask him?

It's possible that he simply didn't like the original tune - there are plenty of instances of that, for example McPeake's 'Wild Mountain Thyme'/'Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?' from Tannahill's 'Braes of Balquhidder'.

Must buy myself a Folk Processor sometime!