:: Title :: The Bonny Earl Of Murray
:: Genre :: ballad, Child ballad
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Cameron, Isla [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's flat
:: Location :: London (None), London (England)
:: Language :: Scots
:: Culture :: Scottish, Lowland Scots, Aberdonian, Scottish Traveller
:: Session :: Jeannie Robertson I 11/53
:: Date :: 11/1/1953
:: Reference Information :: T3462.0, Track 6 (00:02:24)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with and songs sung by Regina "Jeannie" Robertson, MBE, "acclaimed balladeer of Scotland's travelling clans." The last tape in the series, T3462, was recorded at a song swap, also featuring revival singer Isla Cameron (included here) as well as Irish singer/banjo player Margaret Barry (included in the Irish collection) and Appalachian ballad singer Jean Ritchie (included in both, depending on the context of her songs). [Source: Editor]
2 - Tape 3447 was presumably not recorded in early November, as the tape box reads "?30, 1953," but because the month is not known, the tape is included here. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Child ballad No. 181. In 1592, James Stewart, Earl of Murray (or Moray), was murdered by the Earl of Huntly, while being apprehended for plotting against the king. The latter condemned the act but did not punish Huntly, leading some to suppose a degree of complicity. This song was sugn presumably by Murray's supporters. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Scotland 1951, 1953, and 1958

 

 

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