The Child / Carthy / Watersons Discography
This document cross-references songs that Martin Carthy and/or The Watersons and Eliza Carthy have recorded and which are in or related to the Child collection: Francis James Child [1882-1898], The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, New York : Dover, 1965.
Child 2: The Elfin Knight
Martin Carthy recorded some of the Elfin Knight material with Bert Jansch as The Elfin Knight on Acoustic Routes (soundtrack recording), 1993, and this version is the last track on The Carthy Chronicles. Martin Carthy has also recorded some of the Elfin Knight material as Scarborough Fair which is on the first Martin Carthy album. Scarborough Fair is also on Wood Wilson Carthy; that version was re-released on The Carthy Chronicles (2001) as the first track. Finally, An Acre of Land is on Brass Monkey's Sound and Rumour.
Child 3: The Fause Knight on the Road
Child 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight
Child 6: Willie's Lady
Child 10: The Twa Sisters
Bows of London, on Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick's Life and Limb, is related to The Twa Sisters. Another version, with Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy, in a live US recording by Peter Bellamy, 1991, is on The Carthy Chronicles (2001).
Child 11: The Cruel Brother
Child 12: Lord Randal
Child 16: Sheath and Knife
(See also: Child 15: Leesome Brand, which includes the "sheath and knife" figure.)
Child 18: Sir Lionel
Child 20: The Cruel Mother
Child 21: The Maid and the Palmer
The Maid and the Palmer is sung by Martin Carthy with Steeleye Span live on Live at Last (1978) and on The Journey (1999) and by Martin Carthy with Brass Monkey on their first album Brass Monkey, and also on The Carthy Chronicles (2001).
Child 22: St Stephen and Herod
Child 24: Bonnie Annie
Child 32: King Henry
Child 33: Kempy Kay
Child 39: Tam Lin
Tamlyn [also Tamlin, Tam Lyn etc.] is on the Mike Waterson LP and CD and also on the Watersons' Pence and Spicy Ale CD. Tamlyn is also on the CD Classic A. L. Lloyd. There is a whole Tam Lin website devoted just to this one song.
Child 43: Broomfield Hill
Child 44: The Twa Magicians
Child 48: Young Andrew
Child 50: The Bonny Hind
Child 51: Lizie Wan
Child 53: Young Beichan
Child 54: The Cherry-Tree Carol
Child 55: The Carnal and the Crane
Child 58: Sir Patrick Spens
Child 65: Lady Maisry
Child 67: Glasgerion
Martin Carthy sings this as Jack Orion on Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick's But Two Came By, on the 1971 compilation The Bonny Black Hare, and also on The Carthy Chronicles (2001). It is also on Classic A. L. Lloyd.
Child 69: Clerk Saunders
Child 73: Lord Thomas and Fair Annet
Child 75: Lord Lovel
Child 78: The Unquiet Grave
Child 79: The Wife of Usher's Well
Child 81: Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Child 82: The Bonny Birdy
Child 83: Child Maurice
Child 84: Bonny Barbara Allen
Child 92: Bonny Bee Hom
Child's notes to this song (Malcolm Douglas points out) include a quotation from the Lowlands of Holland, which is on Martin Carthy's Second Album. A different version of Lowlands of Holland is on the second Waterson:Carthy CD Common Tongue.
Child 93: Lamkin
Long Lankin is included in R. Vaughan Williams & A. L. Lloyd, The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, 1959: 60-61, as collected on paper by Cecil Sharp fom Sister Emma, in Clewer, Berks, in 1909; and has been recorded, among others, by Steeleye Span, on Commoner's Crown. Bob Copper in Hampshire in the 1950s tape-recorded George Fosbury's version, as "False Lanky".
Child 95: The Maid Freed From the Gallows
Child 98: Brown Adam
Child 104: Prince Heathen
Prince Heathen is on Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick's album Prince Heathen, and also on Martin Carthy's Signs of Life. A previously unreleased recording for The John Peel Show BBC is on The Carthy Chronicles. He also sang it live at the Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast, in 1978. A recording of this concert was released in 2011 as The January Man.
Child 106: The Famous Flower of Serving Men
The Famous Flower of Serving Men is on Martin Carthy's Shearwater, and on The Carthy Chronicles (2001). A different version of Famous Flower of Serving Men is on Martin Carthy's Kershaw Sessions. He recorded it again for Waiting for Angels.
Child 112: Blow Away the Morning Dew
Child 170: The Death of Queen Jane
Child 192: The Lochmaben Harper
Child 200: The Gypsy Laddie
Child 201: Bessy Bell and Mary Gray
Child 209: Geordie
Child 216: The Mother's Malison, or, Clyde's Water
Nic Jones sings this as Drowned Lovers on Penguin Eggs, Topic TSCD411. Kate Rusby also sings Drowned Lovers on Hourglass, Pure Records PRCD 02, 1997.
Child 217: The Broom of Cowdenknows
Child 218: The False Lover Won Back
Child 220: The Bonny Lass of Anglesey
Child 221: The Green Wedding
Child 244: James Hatley
Child 248: The Grey Cock, or, Saw You My Father
Child 250: Henry Martin
Child 251: Lang Johnny More
Child 272: The Suffolk Miracle
Child 275: Get Up and Bar the Door
Child 276: The Friar in the Well
Child 278: The Farmer's Curst Wife
Child 279: The Jolly Beggar
(also known, says Bob Hudson, as The Gaberlunyie-Man) - a relation to The Gaberlunzie Man given in the Appendix to Child #279
Child 281: The Keach i the Creel
Child 286: The Sweet Trinity (The Golden Vanity [or, The Lowlands Low])
Child 295: The Brown Girl
Child 299: Trooper and Maid
- A new edition of The English and Scottish Popular Ballads is now available from Loomis House Press (final Vol. 5 released in August 2011)
- Lesley Nelson-Burns: A complete list of Francis J. Child ballads
- Wikisource: Child's Ballads
- Sacred Texts: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads
- Halewijn Vandijk's Child Ballad Database (CBDB): a list of all known recordings of Child ballads
Thanks for starting me off on this to the producers of The Carthy Chronicles, with their extensive notes and discographies by Neil Wayne, Nigel Schofield and Colin Irwin (who also acknowledge David Suff's work).
Garry Gillard would be grateful for any help with this. And is indeed especially grateful to Malcolm Douglas. And thanks also to Contemplator Lesley Nelson for putting so much of Child on the Web. Thanks for The Bonny Birdy to Dave McGlade.