Ooooh, I turn me back for five minutes and all of a sudden lots of lovely FOTMD people come along and say nice things!
Thanks all for your compliments about my playing and singing.
I love old ballads like this, this one is beautiful and you sing wonderfully. Thanks for posting.
Bravo!! What a wonderful ballad....and your voice is really lovely. I'm glad to hear your singing with the dulcimer as its seems to be somewhat infrequent these days.
GOODNESS ! What a treat! Enjoyed the music and your beautiful voice. Lovely.
Thanks, Paul, Tim and Pristine2/Richard.
Tim - there are lots of versions of the song from both sides of theAtlantic. Iknow I sang it at school, but have forgotten that version. Since I got very interested in the relationship between US and GB folk music we have both bought a lot of books. One was published here in the UK in the 1960 by Maud Karpeles based on Cecil Sharp's collected music, and she had created a kind of composite of about 25 songs. Thanks so much for sharing your version. In some versions of the tale the couple kill the parents and elope, but in others (like mine) she pines away....
Pristine2 - I did not spot your comment in May - thanks so much. The Green Man MD was the first one every made by my partner Richard. It is walnut, with a Green Man carved on the back. It has 5 strings (doubled middle string for a fuller sound).