LORD BATEMAN

Created on 20/10/2002
Latest update on 04/11/2021

Artist: Joseph Taylor
Author: traditional
Label: Gramophone
Year: 1908

Percy Grainger wax cylinder recording in 1906 in Brigg, Lincolnshire (released in 1908). Reissued on Leader lp Unto Brigg Fair in 1972 (see also Brigg Fair). Cecil Sharp scored a version in Somerset in 1905.

Covers:

1908:

Mr. Thomson [also from Lincolnshire, also recorded by Percy Grainger and saved up for that same Leader lp; he picked up the ballad's storyline where Joseph Taylor's version ended]

1950s:

A.L. Lloyd

1954:

Thomas Moran & Jeannie Robertson [Seamus Ennis recording coupled with a Peter Kennedy recording on Rounder cd Classic Ballads Of Britain And Ireland Vol 1 in The Alan Lomax Collection (2000)]

1955:

Charlotte Higgins [as Susie Pirate (Lord Bateman)]

1955:

Isabel Sutherland [who'd recorded Charlotte Higgins]

1956:

Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd

1960:

Sandy & Caroline Paton

1963:

Caroline Hughes

1967:

John Reilly [as Lord Baker; reissued on Voice Of The People series Vol 17]

1968:

DK Wilgus & Tom Munnelly [on The Bonny Green Tree, a collection of John Reilly songs]

1971:

Sandy Denny [outtake The North Star Grassman And The Ravens]

1972:

Nic Jones

1973:

Frankie Armstrong

1974:

Albion Country Band

1975:

Campbell MacLean [as Young Betcham]

1977:

June Tabor [John Peel session BBC]

1983:

Planxty [as Lord Baker; vocal: Christy Moore]

2000:

Susan McKeown [idem]

2002:

Sinéad O'Connor [idem; 12 minute version with Christy Moore]

2007:

John Kirkpatrick

Storyline of this ballad is supposed to trace the saga of crusader Gilbert Beket and his Arabian bride, the parents of St. Thomas à Becket (1300s). Child ballad 53, Roud folksong index #40.

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