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Thread #16164 Message #3282926
Posted By: GUEST
01-Jan-12 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Mary Mild / Bitter Withy / Holy Well
Subject: RE: Origin: Mary Mild / Bitter Withy / Holy Well
I've just put up a version of The Bitter Withy from the Wirral as part of my A Liverpool Folk Song a Week project. It was collected by Janet Blunt from a Mrs Haigh in the 1920s - Mrs Haigh recalled being sung by boy carollers in Birkenhead. The manscript of this version is in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, and the EFDSS have put it up online as part of their fantastic "Take Six" project. I know there are a lot of other versions of this song esp from Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, so I'd be interested to know whether anybody here recognises the tune as occurring elsewhere. It's not one of the usual tunes that I've heard in recorded versions of this song.