Rosaleen Gregory | Serpent's Knee

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Serpent's Knee

by Rosaleen Gregory

A collection of traditional songs from Francis Child's "The English and Scottish Popular Ballads," accompanied by guitar, octave mandolin, flute, Northumbrian and Border pipes and hurdy-gurdy. Genre: Celtic; English and Scottish Folk Release Date: 2013
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1. Dives and Lazarus
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2. The Lass of Lochroyan
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3. False Sir John
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4. Dowie Dens of Yarrow
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5. Queen Eleanor's Confession
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6. Willie O' Winsbury
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7. The Fair Flower of Northumberland
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8. Proud Maisry
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9. Hind Horn
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10. The Daemon Lover
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11. The Baffled Knight
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12. Lizie Lindsay
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These songs tell stories of adventure and human emotions, power and magic. I read them first as poems, then discovered they had tunes. Some of the old ballads go back to the medieval period in England and Scotland, when robber barons inhabited the border country between England and Scotland. The stories are told very economically; many of them are tragic, but there are stories with happy endings too.
I've sung them for many years, but last year (2012) I got together with two fine musicians from Calgary and we put together two CDs. One, "Sheath and Knife", with similar material, is already on sale on CD Baby. Now there is this companion volume, "Serpent's Knee". Some songs on the CDs are sung unaccompanied. On others there are exciting pipe instrumentals, haunting flute melodies, and the music of mandolin and hurdy-gurdy.



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