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Thread #131693   Message #2972666
Posted By: Tradsinger
25-Aug-10 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: Ray Driscoll's Sir Patrick Spens
Subject: RE: Ray Driscoll's Sir Patrick Spens
I recorded Ray singing this song. He told me he learnt the tune from a Scotsman with whom he worked, but I don't have any more details on that. Ray always had an ear for a traditional song and asked the singer what the tune was, and was told it was Sir Patrick Spens. He then looked up the words in a book. When I recorded him, he took the tunes from a book, as he didn't learn any from the anonymous Scottish singer. I note that the tune is very similar to that sung by Ewan MaColl. So although the performance was recorded in England, it would be stretching things a bit to call it an English version of the song. That's about all I know about it. The full sleeve notes to the CD were not published with the CD, but can be found here.

Regards

Tradsinger

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