vrijdag 29 maart 2013

Little Mattie Groves (1941)

"Matty Groves" is an English folk ballad that describes an adulterous tryst between a man and a woman that is ended when the woman's husband discovers and kills them. It dates to at least the 17th century, and is one of the Child Ballads (#81) collected by 19th-century American scholar Francis James Child. It has several variant names, including "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard."

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Translation of the text above SEE: http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ballad/32804/xml


SEE ALSO: http://members.chello.nl/r.vandijk2/ChildBallads080-089.html#081

The first recorded version I could find is by John Jacob Niles, who recorded a version in 1941 for Victor's Red Seal label.
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Contained on the album American Folk Lore (Volume 3) released in October 1941 on the RCA Red Seal label (#824).
This album-set contained four 78's with the following songs:

2171 You got to cross that lonesome valley ; The lass from the low countree ;
2172 Black is the color of my true love's hair ; Go 'way from my window ; One morning in May ;
2173 The wife of Usher's Well ;
18087 The death of Queen Jane ; Little Mattie Groves

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Lord Darnell - Paul Clayton 1956
Album "Folksongs and Ballads of Virginia"


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Matie Groves - Bob Gibson 1957
Album "I Come for to Sing"
Label Riverside Catalog number RLP 12 806


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Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard - Jeannie Robertson 1958

Little Musgrave - Jean Ritchie 1961


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Matty Groves - Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl (1961)
On album "Two-Way Trip"


Massey Groves - Paul Clayton 1962
Album "Dulcimer Songs and Solos"


Matty Groves - Joan Baez September 1962
Album "In Concert"

Little Matty Groves - The Spinners 1964

Little Matty Groves - Hedy West 1966

Matty Groves - Doc Watson 1966

Mathie Grove - Peggy Seeger 1967

Matty Groves - Fairport Convention December 1969

See also: https://mainlynorfolk.info/sandy.denny/songs/mattygroves.html

Fairport Convention's version of "Matty Groves" on the album "Liege and Lief" uses the tune of American variation "Shady Grove (My Darling)" originally recorded by the Prairie Ramblers in 1933.

SEE: http://www.originals.be/en/originals.php?id=5429

Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard - Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick 1969

Little Musgrave - Nic Jones 1970

Little Musgrave - Christy Moore (1976)

In 2001 the song was performed by Janet McTeer & Emmy Rossum in the movie "Songcatcher"

"In the Mood incl. Matty Groves" - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (2009)
On album: "Your Long Journey".

Finally here's a version by Tom Waits from his album: "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards" (2009) Mathie Grove - Tom Waits (2009)

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