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Hunting the Cutty Wren

[Les Barker, trad.]

This argument from Les Barker's book Pup Yours was led by Martin Carthy and June Tabor and backed by Norma Waterson, Leyley Davies, Alison Younger, and Eliza Carthy on the Mrs Ackroyd Band's album Oranges and Lemmings. Les Barker said in the record's sleeve notes:

Made popular by the late Percy “Stupid” Sedgwick, last of the very thin Baroldswick wren hunters.

Compare this to Martin Carthy's The Wren on Prince Heathen, The Watersons' Joy, Health, Love and Peace on Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy, and Steeleye Span's The King on Please to See the King and Hunting the Wren on The Journey. All these versions can be found next to each other on the definitive Martin Carthy anthology The Carthy Chronicles too.

Related versions without Martin Carthy are Steeleye Span's The Cutty Wren on Time and Hunting the Wren by John Kirkpatrick et al. on the CD Wassail! A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter.

See also the Digital Tradition study thread Cutty Wren at the Mudcat Café.

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