Mudcat Café message #591410 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37951   Message #591410
Posted By: GUEST,Steve
13-Nov-01 - 03:09 AM
Thread Name: Nic Jones Unearthed Track List
Subject: RE: Nic Jones Unearthed Track List
Anorak Redux:

Man of Kiandra is a version of "Rocking the Cradle," a widespread broadside ballad thought to have originated in Ireland. The version that became "Kiandra" was collected in Teralba, NSW from a singer named Sally Sloane. Sloane's version did not mention Kiandra, and indeed no traditional version does. The song was altered by A.L. Lloyd to include the town name because he knew a bloke from Kiandra who had a similar problem. So anyone who sings it with a mention of Kiandra got it, ultimately, from Lloyd...though sometimes through intermediaries. Dave Burland and Trevor Lucas are two notables who have covered Lloyd's version.

So...If Nic's version mentions Kiandra, it's a sure bet Lloyd's influence was involved. Nic could have got it anywhere during the 70s, when Lloyd's songs were thick on the ground. If not, the song's known all over so it's anyone's guess....

In case you can't tell I don't have my copy yet. Pity me! :-(