Shirley Collins recorded Greenwood Laddie in 1967 for her album The Power of the True Love Knot; this was reissued on her anthology The Classic Collection. She commented in the original album's liner notes:
Perhaps a boy as beautiful as this one can only exist in the tender imagination of a young girl. The beauty of the song is real enough. Bram Martin negotiates the time changes (from 3/4 to 4/4 and even 5/4) with noble ease. Collected by Jean Ritchie from Sean Boyle.
Eliza Carthy sang and played Greenwood Laddie, followed by Mrs Capron's Reel and an anonymous tune, in 1998 on her album Red. This track was also included in 2003 on Eliza's anthology The Definitive Collection.
Hen Party sang Greenwood Laddie in 2002 on their WildGoose album The Heart Gallery. They commented in their liner notes:
This song seems to have originated in County Antrim. It has been attributed to Robert Cinnamond of Glenavy and to Charles Boyle of Belfast who learnt it from his mother; she recalled it having been sung in the mills and factories of that city. Peter Kennedy recorded the song in 1952. It has been said that there are distant echoes of the traditional Gaelic love song in its melody and verses. There may well be a deeper significance to the term ‘Greenwood’ suggesting that this song expresses at attachment that crosses the sectarian divide.
Wendy Arrowsmith sang Greenwood Laddie in 2011 on her CD Life, Love and Chocolate.
Marc Block sang Greenwood Laddie in 2014 on his CD The Hawthorn Spring.
Sarah Hayes sang Greenwood Laddie in 2015 on her CD Woven.
|Shirley Collins sings Greenwood Laddie||Eliza Carthy sings Greenwood Laddie|
Did you see my dearest,
If you'd seen my dearest,
My parents, my darling,
For if I had the wealth
It was down in those bowers
It's down by yonder bower
(repeat first verse)
Transcribed from Eliza Carthy's singing by Kira White.