ELFIN KNIGHT, THE

Created on 30/10/2018
Latest update on 23/09/2022

Artist: Martha Reid
Author: traditional
Label: Greentrax
Year: 1955

From Blairgowrie, Perthshire, in 2011 on cd Songs And Ballads From Perthshire. Child ballad #2, Roud #269 (also as Rosemary Lane).

Covers:

1956:

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger [on lp Classic Scots Ballads]

1956:

John Langstaff [as The Lover's Tasks]

1961:

Bob & Ron Copper [as The Elfin Knight (An Acre Of Land)]

1963:

Anne Briggs

1969:

Cyril Tawney [as The Tasks]

2005:

Kate Rusby

2018:

Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson

The theme of Scarborough Fair is a lyrical variation of this Child Ballad. Just as in The Elfin Knight a suitor is challenged with a series of impossible tasks to please his/her lover and vice versa.

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