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Thread #52040   Message #795111
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
01-Oct-02 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: The Famous Flower of Serving Men
Subject: RE: Tune Req: famous flower of serving men
The DT file FAMOUS FLOWER OF SERVING MEN is apparently a modern collation from a number of sources. No source is named for the first midi; it is, however, that noted by Margaret Olney from Mrs. Belle Richards, Colebrook, New Hampshire, in 1942, and first published in Ballads Migrant in New England (1953). Mrs. Richards' set was called Sweet William, and was given in 3/2 time, not 3/4 as here. The second midi, also unidentified, is a reasonable approximation of the tune Carthy used, though rather simplified; this is not traditionally associated with the ballad, but was borrowed from Hedy West, who sings a song called The Maid of Colchester to it.

Carthy's arrangement was transcribed in Martin Carthy: A Guitar in Folk Music (Doug Kennedy, 1987), but this is out of print.