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Front cover   Beside Eliza Carthy (pictured left), the other photographs are of Henry Burstow (centre), Ewan MacColl (right), and Peggy Seeger (background).
Page 5: The Banks of Sweet Primroses   Headnote: Hertfordshire : should be Hampshire.
Page 11: The Bramble Briar   Headnote: Mrs Emma Joiner : should be Mrs Emily Joiner.
Page 82: The Bramble Briar (notes)   There may in fact be an extant —American— broadside edition. In a note in Journal of American Folklore, 29, 1916, 168-9, George Lyman Kittredge refers to "An H J Wehman broadside, No 768, New York, ... in the Harvard College Library". G Malcolm Laws (American Ballads from British Broadsides, 1957, 196-7, 'The Bramble Briar') refers to the Kittredge reference, but indicates elsewhere that he himself had not seen the broadside. Norman Cazden, by contrast (Folk Songs of the Catskills, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1982, 184-185) states that Wehman #768 is a version of 'The Constant Farmer's Son'. He also refers, however, to a song in Wehman's Collection of Songs, number 28 (1890) #23, which proves to be a 'Bramble Briar' text. Though late and a little garbled (presumably through oral transmission) it is the only cheap print example we are aware of.
See also Steve Gardham's article 'The Bridgwater Merchant' at
Page 85: The Daughter of Peggy, O (notes)   p.000 : should read p.48.
Page 85: Death and the Lady (notes)   See also Bodleian, Harding B 22(60), Death by the Way.
Page 88: The False Bride (notes)   Lloyd's reference to a late 17th century Newcastle broadside edition probably derives from Sharp, Folk Songs from Somerset, London: Wessex Press, Simpkin, Schott. Series I, 1904, 67-68 (notes):
" ... Under the heading of 'The False Nymph,' the words are printed in The New Pantheon Concert, No. 14, (1773), one of the Aldermary Church Yard song books (B.M. 11621, e. 6).
"Miss Lucy Broadwood has kindly furnished me with the following additional references.
" 'A version of The Forlorn Lover, declaiming, 'How a Lass gave her Lover three slips for a Teaster, and married another a week before Easter,' in 16 stanzas, is on a broadside by John White, Newcastle on Tyne (circa James II). Two other versions are in the Roxburghe Ballads c.20, f. g. Vol. III, p. 324 and c.20, f. g. Vol. III, p. 672."
Page 94: Jack the Jolly Tar (notes)   See also Bodleian, Harding B 26(585), The Sailor's Frolic.
Pages 104-105: One Night as I lay on My Bed (notes)   A form of the song appeared on a broadside without imprint of c.1770, entitled A Favourite Love Song. See J W Ebsworth (ed), Roxburghe Ballads, Hertford: The Ballad Society, vol VI 1889, 207. (Roxburghe Collection, III, 596)
Pages 110-111: Rounding the Horn (notes)   The Roud Index has now separated this from the unrelated song The Loss of the Amphitrite (Roud 301), re-assigning our song the number 4706.
Pages 111-112: The Sailor from Dover (notes)   For more on Child 295B, see Steve Gardham, 'A Fake Child Ballad: Child 295B The Brown Girl ' in Ian Russell and David Atkinson, eds., Folksong: Tradition, Revival and Re-creation, Aberdeen: Elphinstone Institute & EFDSS, 2004.
Pages 114-115: Six Dukes Went A-Fishing (notes)   See also Bronson, III, 148-149. 170.11: Six Lords went a-hunting (William Atkinson, Marylebone Workhouse, October 9, 1908: noted by C J Sharp) and 170.12: Two Dukes (Mrs Ralph Harrington, Bennington, Vermont, September 13, 1930: noted by George Brown).
Pages 115-116: The Streams of Lovely Nancy (notes)   On the subject of mystical and erotic symbolism in this song, see James Reeves, The Everlasting Circle, London: Heinemann, 1960, 251-253; and Roger de V Renwick, English Folk Poetry, London: Batsford, 1980, 89, 91.
Page 141: John Stickle   John Stickle's tune for King Orfeo is not, as stated, the only one recorded. Francis M Collinson got a further set from Kitty Anderson, Shetland (Archive, School of Scottish Studies, rec. No. 1955/145/6). The text was rather better preserved than Mr Stickle's. See Bronson, IV, pp 455-456 (Addenda: Volume I. 19.2); E S Reid Tait (ed), The Shetland Folk Book, Lerwick: Shetland Times, II, 1947-51, p 56.
Page 151: Specialist Record Labels  A reviewer has stated that the URL we quoted for Veteran was incorrect. That is not strictly so. We gave the correct address of the website at the time of writing: The registered domain name, however, is At the time of writing, that pointed to a forwarding page at the location of Veteran's previous, defunct website, but it has since been altered to lead directly to the new site, which itself has changed location. We should probably have included it as well.
Page 151: Online Resources:  
Now that the full website is "live" the URL has changed to
Page 152: Online Resources:  
Bruce Olson: Roots of Folk  Since the time of writing, Bruce Olson has died. His website is no longer at its old location, but archived copies can be seen at :
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