Haven’t posted any English ballads in a while, so today it’ll change. Here is an old English ballad, very popular in 19th century, of course known in very many interesting and less interesting versions, which is also one of the ballads in the Roud’s Ballads collection. I like it a lot. This version is my favourite and it is also one of my most favourite Fairport Convention’s, and Sandy’s, songs. In the next few days I suppose you can expect more music from Sandy Denny and the bands she collaborated with, I really think she deserves more attention, and not only in the UK.
Oh, how I love English folk ballads! I could listen to them… don’t know for how long, there are still other brilliant kinds of music, but anyway I just love them. I like folk ballads in general, but British have something special to them. I could actually even put them among one of my smaller interests, I had the stage in my life, when I was reading Child and Roud ballads all the time and comparing different contemporary version of them. Because of both these collections – Child’s and Roud’s – British ballads are very popular among folk artists, even not British, and they can be truly inspiring, beautiful, weird, magical, and so on.
This one is very interesting and amazing and picturesque. It is a murder ballad. About a mother killing her children, so the topic may seem a little bit scary. But the song is wonderful, and I chose my favourite version, sang by English artist, Bella Hardy.