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Thread #162666   Message #3898147
Posted By: Steve Gardham
08-Jan-18 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Maids of Australia.
Keeping in mind this is a very scarce song: The few broadsides I've already mentioned and the only oral versions from England I have access to are the 3 from Norfolk all from within 15 miles of each other, Winterton, Knapton and Catfield, not a great distance from Yarmouth and Norwich. Plenty of broadside printers plied their trade in Norwich, Walker and Lane as one example. Unfortunately I haven't yet been through the collection in Norwich City library.

As I already stated Sam's and Walter's versions pretty much follow the broadside. However Harry Cox's several recordings throw up some interesting thoughts.

The version in Topic's Folk Songs of Britain's series of albums, Volume 2 'Songs of Seduction', Harry sings 4 verses recorded by Peter Kennedy, all 4 verses found on the broadside. I'm going to call these verses 1, 3, 4 and 5 as will become clear later in the final version which I will post.

In the Journal of the EFDSS, Diamond Jubilee edition 1958 Peter Kennedy published a version recorded by him from Harry which came out on a BBC RPL 22915 (LP). This now has an extra verse on the end which is not on any of the broadsides. The verse is almost verbatim one from another broadside 'Oh no My love not I'. More on this anon.

Then in 1965 Leslie Shepard recorded Harry again singing this song with yet another extra verse (no 2) inserted which is a paraphrase of the second verse on the broadside and that sung by Walter and Sam.