A cappella singer from Shropshire. This Peter Kennedy recording came out on the Lomax series Classic Ballads Of Britain And Ireland. Subtitle: Lady Isabel And The Elf Knight (see also: Pretty Polly). Child ballad n°4. Child collected a miriad of different versions of this Bluebeard legend, 23 variations in Somerset alone. The common denominator: a woman seduced by a serial killer decapitates the agressor with his own sword. French variation: Renaud; in Germany: Ulrich; in Norway: Rulleman or Svein; in Flanders: Heer Halewijn; in North Holland: Jan Albers.
Also recorded by the usual British folk suspects: Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd, Martin Carthy, Shirley & Dolly Collins, Nic Jones and Cyril Tawney. Rum cut it as Heer Halewijn, Hans Theesink as Heer Halewijn Zong Een Liedkijn, Fungus as Heer Albert, Peggy Seeger as Lady Isabel & The Elf Knight and Steeleye Span as The Elf Knight.