GOLDEN WILLOW TREE, The

Latest update on 03/02/2016

Artist: Welby Toomey
Author: traditional
Label: Gennett
Year: 1925

According to Charles Wolfe in his book Kentucky Country, Welby Toomey was the first local country singer, son of a London immigrant, born in 1897.

Covers:

1930:

Carter Family [as Sinking In The Lonesome Sea and in '35 as The Golden Vanity]

1935:

Bascom Lamar Lunsford [as Merry Golden Tree]

1937:

Justus Begley [Alan Lomax recording]

1937:

Jimmy Morris

1939:

Horton Barker [as The Turkish Rebelee]

1941:

Almanac Singers [as The Golden Vanity]

1941:

Mrs. Ollie Jacobs [as A Ship Set Sails For North America]

1942:

Burl Ives [as The Golden Vanity]

1942:

Woody Guthrie [idem]

1952:

Dodie Chalmers [version on the Classic Ballads Of Britain And Ireland series as The Golden Victory]

1956:

A.L. Lloyd [as Golden Vanity]

1958:

Susan Reed

1959:

Frank Proffitt [as Lowland Low; Warner recording]

1959:

Almeda Riddle [as Merry Golden Tree]

1959:

Paul Joines [as Green Willow Tree]

1960:

Lonnie Donegan [as Sinking In The Lonesome Sea and as The Golden Vanity]

1961:

Jean Ritchie [as The Merry Golden Tree]

1963:

Odetta

1966:

Boudewijn De Groot [as De Noordzee]

1975:

Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger [as Golden Vanity]

1979:

Astrid Nijgh [as De Gouden Hoorn]

1980:

Paralee McCloud [as The Little Ship]

1983:

Rory Block [as The Golden Vanity]

1992:

Doug & Jack Wallin

2010:

Crooked Still

Broadside collected by Samuel Pepys in 1682. One of the best known English & Scottish sea ballads from the era England and Turkey fought for hegemony over the Mediterranean Sea. The ship The Golden Vanity (or The Golden Willow Tree) was originally The Sweet Trinity, built by order of Sir Walter Raleigh. Many variations circulate. In the Child collection noted as #286 and in 1916-1918 noted by Cecil Sharp as The Weeping Willow Tree. Variation on the theme of the three drummer boys who try to seduce a young lady. Here a young sailor is send on a dangerous mining mission to sink an enemy ship with explosives. In case he succeeds he'll be rewarded with honour, money and the hand of the captains daughter. The promise was never kept; on the contrary.

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