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The Doctor Review: Damn Your Eyes Doctor (Peter Taylor) (11) RE: DamnYour Eyes Doctor by Peter Taylor 19 Jun 11

I got it from Dave's LP of course. When we lived in Kent in the early 70s I saw and heard him a number of times at The Coach House Folk Club at Farningham. I've seen him quite a few times more recently, but not heard him do it. Nor can I remember whether I've asked him about it. However, I did sing it once in the hearing of Martyn Wyndham-Read, who asked me where I got it, and then told me he had given it to Dave, but not where he got it from.
I also have a copy in Roy Palmer's book Everyman's Book of British Ballads, where it goes under the title of 'The Doctor Outwitted by the Black', and my version specifically says 'his colour was black'. Roy says it seems to have originated in Ireland but could be found in oral circulation in North America under such titles as 'The Black Cook' and 'The Black Devil' until as recently as the 1950s.
Stallion, I believe our last meeting was at Scarborough Seafest the year before last. Are you going to the fundraiser this coming Sunday? (In the Sea Cadet Hall at 2:00pm for anyone who's interested).
Finally thanks to GSS for bringing this up in the first place.

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