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Thread #150417   Message #3520136
Posted By: Steve Gardham
28-May-13 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Richie,
I strongly suspect an older Scots recording of 'Wee Cooper' is the source. All of the versions of this title seem to vary very little if at all and must have a fairly recent common source. By fairly recent I mean early 20th century. I will check this out using my own indexes as mine contain more cheesy/popular stuff than the Roud index which has more respectable sources. It could for instance have been in the repertoire of someone like Harry Lauder or Will Fyfe.