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Posted By: MGM·Lion
13-Nov-11 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: Most Beautiful Ballad Performance?
Subject: RE: Most Beautiful Ballad Performance?
Tony Rose the best singer of The Banks Of Green Willow IMO. Also did an excellent Sheath & Knife; though agree Gordeanna's v fine also.

Clude Waters/Drowned Lovers ~~ Little to choose for me between Martin Carthy's & Nic Jones' ~ similar tunes but not identical, ditto texts,
tho Martin's is fuller & includes the "Thought it was his true love's voice, but it was no such thing; It was the voice of her mother", which makes the story a bit clearer; and the "Brother stood on the further bank", whcih Child denounces as an absurdity but is effective dramatically:

I often play them back-2-back. Kate Rusby's version is Nic's, pretty well word4word & note4note.