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Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
29-Oct-11 - 05:11 AM
Thread Name: Robin Hood ballads
Subject: RE: Robin Hood ballads
I worked an a Robin Hood ballad project many years ago and got pretty mired in their general awfulness (with a hey down down a down down...). There some nice ones (like Michael's 15 Foresters) but the one that really stands out is Child #102 - The Birth of Robin Hood, AKA Willie and Early Richard's Daughter, which (being without a traditional tune) I set to one of Adam de la Halle's (d. 1288) melodies from his very wonderful Jeu de Robin et Marion. We still do it & have a versions (and a remix!) featured on the 1st & 3rd volumes of John Barleycorn Reborn. Volume 3 coming soon, featuring our Lily Flower Remix, but here's the basic vocal track:

The Birth of Robin Hood - Child #102

The concluding verse is one of the most beautiful things in the ballad tradition.