TJR says

This bonnie couple were always good together and “Traditional Songs And Ballads” was another fine set concentrating, not for the first time, on traditional tunes from the British Isles. The set includes two ballads originally collected by the noted folklorist Francis James Child, “The Beggar Laddie” and “The Baron O'Leys”, the former being the only track to repeat from Ewan's back-albums, having first been covered on “The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Volume III” way back in 1956.

The album gets off to an excellent start with “As I Came In By Fisherrow”, Peggy accompanying Ewan splendidly on the autoharp and with sweetly-sung backing vocals. Fisherman docks near his dearie in Musselburgh and comes to the conclusion that he'll lie with her for the night; ne'r mind her parents! He manages to overcome the creaky stairs, but when it later becomes apparent that she's with bairn, the secret tryst is discovered. Humiliated, she must kneel on the cutty stool in the kirk and repent, and he must take his place in the stocks. Folks were weird back then. Mind you, they still are in a lot of countries (but that's another story!)

The tales of passion continue immediately with “The Spinning Wheel”. Hard at work making thread, Jean is distracted by a handsome laddie passing by, and is seemingly wooed in no time at all… “there amang the rigs o' corn, the bonnie laddie laid me doon, and tae his work he went wi' skill, and I did learn wi' richt good will, and what was done I liked it weel, far better than my spinning wheel”.

These heady heights aren't maintained all the way, but there's not a bad track on the album. Best on side two is “Fare Ye Weel My Auld Wife”, as Ewan delves back to the mid 18th century song, just as Rabbie Burns did before him. Peggy accompanies him on the harmonium ensuring the melancholic atmosphere is just so.

These two worked together like a charm.

The Jukebox Rebel
18-Aug-2018

A1 [01:31] 8.3.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - As I Came In By Fisherrow (Traditional) Folk
A2 [04:20] 8.0.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Spinning Wheel (Traditional) Folk
A3 [04:03] 6.2.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - My Apron Now (Traditional) Folk
A4 [02:59] 6.8.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Tibbie Fowler (Traditional) Folk
A5 [05:52] 6.1.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Beggar Laddie (Traditional) Folk
A6 [03:40] 6.4.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Weary Pund O’ Tow (Traditional) Folk
A7 [02:30] 6.4.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Baron O’ Leys (Traditional) Folk
B1 [06:12] 5.9.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Earl Of Errol (Traditional) Folk
B2 [02:39] 6.0.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Shepherd And His Wife (Traditional) Folk
B3 [02:15] 7.0.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Fare Ye Weel My Auld Wife (Traditional) Folk
B4 [03:10] 6.5.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Hey, How Johnny Lad (Traditional) Folk
B5 [04:17] 6.9.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Blythsome Bridal (Traditional) Folk
B6 [02:17] 6.1.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Braes O’ Balquither (Traditional) Folk




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