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Thread #140911   Message #3315283
Posted By: Steve Gardham
29-Feb-12 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
The burlesque version which seems to have dominated in England is derived from broadsides which in turn derived from the Cruikshank publication. Like many of the burlesques of serious traditional ballads the burlesque got back into oral tradition via the broadsides and so became serious again in some cases. Those that had been rendered in some comic dialect form remained comic ballads.

I collected a version of Lord Bateman which was half sung, half recited, which can be found on the British Library National Sound Archive website. It is pretty much verbatim the broadside.

If I get time over the next few days I'll post the Broadwood version and the Flanders ones, unless someone beats me to it.

I'm still without a scanner. My new computer doesn't recognise my Lexmark X1150 all-in-one.