Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England


The words in this recording were compiled from multiple sources, including the texts found in the English Broadside Ballad Archive (Fumerton) and numerous field recordings from oral tradition. To my knowledge, this tune has not been indexed. I learned this tune from Dáithí Sproule, and from a recording of  Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill from Rannafast, Donegal found in the archives of the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. It resembles the tune recorded from Sara Makem of Keady, Armagh, in 1967 (Makem, “Barbara Allen”) and that recorded from John Ban Byrne of Malinbeg, Donegal, in 1968 (Byrne, “Barbara Allen”).

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