The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157805 Message #3727068
Posted By: GUEST
29-Jul-15 - 07:54 PM
Thread Name: Border & Hero ballads, Child #171-188
Subject: RE: Border & Hero ballads, Child #171-188
One of the reasons for the lack of recordings is the ballads are very long and have as a result fallen out of favour with singers in the borders. It is difficult to sing shortened versions without loosing the narrative thread.I have a memory of Terry Conway from Allandale singing some of the less well known border ballads. I will have a hunt through some cds and live recordings.The only titles I remember very clearly are the Death of Percy Reed and The twa clerks of Ousenford not what you want but there are more Child ballads in that recording.