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Thread #123801   Message #2732697
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-Sep-09 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Devil and the Feathery Wife
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Devil and the Ploughman
Through the generosity of Bill Day, I was exposed to The Devil and the Feathery Wife (click), a delightful song. It has elements in common with The Devil and the Farmer's Wife (Child 278), but I don't know if it really fits in as a version of Child 278.

I've found recordings by Martin Carthy; by Cooper, Nelson, and Goelz; and by Nick Dow.

Then I found this page at Reinhard Zierke's Website, which links "Feathery Wife" to "The Devil and the Ploughman," which still doesn't seem like a suitable linkage. Here's an excerpt from the analysis on Zierke's Website:

So, what I'm wondering is, are there other early versions of this particular song, or is Secret Songs of Silence the only source we have? Could it be that "Feathery Wife" is mostly a Martin Carthy creation? Is there a Bert Lloyd recording? Yes, I know there are earlier versions of "Farmer's Curst Wife," but I'm wondering about this Feathery Wife song.