Monday, 22 June 2015

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair is part of a Yorkshire medley that we sing. Wiki says '"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English Ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.

Paul Simon learned the song in London in 1965 from Martin Carthy who had picked up the tune from the songbook by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Martin Carthy - Scarborough Fair - click for utube

BBC's Soul Music  - click for podcast

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