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Thread #36143   Message #3221699
Posted By: Richard Mellish
11-Sep-11 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cornwall Apprentice
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cornwall Apprentice
"The Sheffield Apprentice" is also "The song" featured together with "The singer" and "The sources" in the autumn 2011 issue of english dance & song. The singer, Martin Simpson, is there quoted as saying that it is "a brilliant preservation of a British ballad in the States. I don't know of any English version of it".

In fact there are plenty. The Roud Index has 127 records for this song, many of them broadsides, but also versions collected by Grainger, Broadwood and others. In the revival I have heard version(s) (with the reference to Sheffield, not Cornwall as in the American versions) from singers including Harry Boardman, Lou Killen and Pete Wood.