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Thread #111362 Message #2597456
Posted By: GUEST,Helen Howard
25-Mar-09 - 08:53 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle / Old Pendle
Subject: RE: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle / Old Pendle
OLD Pendle not oh, was written as a 3 verse song in 1920-30 by 2 men, only know their surnames, Milton-Allen. They wrote the tune too and I have a signed copy that had belonged to my Mother, who was brought up in Barley. My Grandfather said he knew the men too.
In the mid 60's the extra verse.."When witches do fly..." was added by Brian Osbourne, and as I remember he added the NEW tune too.I took it that he did not have, or could not read the music at the time. I have my doubts there is any connection to Ted Edwards.
My mother always disliked the new tune as the original is lovely and was the very first song I collected when I was first getting interested in Folk Music.