GEORDIE

Latest update on 27/11/2017

Artist: Andrew Rowan Summers
Author: traditional
Label: Folkways
Year: 1951

On lp The Unquiet Grave. Child ballad n°209, related to a Scottish ballad about George Gordon, Earl of Huntly (16th century), who was jailed for refusing to arrest a poor poacher. In most versions Geordie (or Georgie) is the poacher, while his wife, mother of 6 (and almost 7) of his children, begs for pardon but won't be heard.

Covers:

1953:

Harry Cox [Peter Kennedy recording reissued on Folksongs Of England, Scotland & Wales Vol 2 in the Alan Lomax Collection.]

1956:

Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd

1958:

Isla Cameron

1963:

Joan Baez

1966:

Julie Felix [with Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick]

1966:

Fabrizio De Andre [Italian version]

1966:

Sandy Denny

1970:

Shirley Collins

1970:

Trees [on second album On The Shore]

1971:

Martin Carthy

1976:

Maddy Prior & June Tabor [The Silly Sisters]

1998:

Robin Williamson [as Geordie Gordon]

2006:

Gnarls Barkley [sample from the Trees version in title track of St. Elsewhere album]

2013:

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer

Also cut by Woody Guthrie, Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd, Texas Gladden, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Frank Proffitt and Jean Ritchie.

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