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Thread #58643   Message #929595
Posted By: Hester
09-Apr-03 - 11:47 AM
Thread Name: Robin Hood ballads
Subject: RE: Robin Hood ballads
Art Thieme wrote:

>>>I recorded "ROBIN HOOD'S DEATH" on two albums.<<<

Art, that's one of my favourite ballads too! I've even written a little cyber-essay about it, using a structuralist analysis to compare it to the crucifixion gospels and several other stories/rhymes/songs:

The Dying Hero

And Rick Fielding wrote:

>>>Hester, I love your site. Checked in a number of times. I recorded "The Birth of Robin Hood" on my Folk-Legacy album "Lifeline". Still one of my favourite songs.<<<

Wow, Rick, I listened to a sample at Barnes & Noble, and what a lovely voice you have: a cross between Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot. Glad you enjoyed visiting "The Greenwood". I've posted a link to your album and Art's album on the message board there:

"The Greenwood"

And I have one more Robin Hood web page, this one exploring the concept of pagan survivals in the legend. Some of it needs revision, as I've lost some of my naive Gravesian perspective with further research, but any Frazerians out there, reformed or not, might get a kick out of it:

The Legend of Robin Hood: An Exploration of Pagan Themes

Oh, and Dan: As a Canadian, I'm very interested in the idea of a Nova Scotian tradition of Robin Hood ballads. The archive will give me more incentive to take a much-dreamed-about trip to the east coast.

And Ed: You're right, the Tennyson/Sullivan operetta was not, sadly, the best work from either artist, but that "web-opera" site is such a nifty concept that I think it deserves its own blue clicky:

The Foresters - Robin Hood and Maid Marian

Really enjoying the thread! Thanks everyone for your suggestions

Cheers, Hester