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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
23-Jul-15 - 07:20 AM
Thread Name: Martin Carthy: Searching for Lambs
Subject: RE: Martin Carthy: Searching for Lambs
From the wonderful Mainly Norfolk site;
Bob Lewis sang Searching for Lambs on the 1995 Veteran CD When the May Is All in Bloom. John Howson commented in the album notes:
A.L. Lloyd suggests in Folk Song in England that this beautiful tune is the kind that owes its form to the mingling of the art of the peasantry and the art of the townsfolk. It was a great favourite of Cecil Sharp and in Somerset he collected five versions between 1904 and 1909. He included it in a number of publications, some with piano accompaniment, and as such it was one of his chosen 'English folk songs' which became popular as a drawing-room song: It also appears in Novello's Schools Series which was compiled by Sharp and Baring-Gould in 1906 and in fact Bob learned it at school when he was 12 or 13 from a master who was interested in folk songs.
References to the song are infrequent and most published versions seem to be one of Sharp's, although Hammond did note down three versions in Dorset under the title Under the Moon Shines Bright and there is a text (1934) in Sam Henry's Songs of the People called One Morning Clear but the source is said to be 'not given' and although it has several similar lines it is a much fuller song.
Searching for Lambs should not be confused with Searching for Young Lambs [Roud 1437; Laws O9] which has been frequently collected, notably from George Spicer in Sussex.