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Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Apr-14 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
What evidence is there that Child actually looked at both versions himself as opposed to someone doing this on his behalf? Child spent very little time in England.

I like the harper making a fiddle even though it confuses 2 traditions.

It is quite close to my own composite version which uses the 'high down derry' sequence of refrains. In my local version the miller makes the fiddle.