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NSC 'Historical' Ballads (146* d) RE: 'Historical' Ballads 18 Oct 99


Reiver 2

Three score and ten was collected in Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire by Norma Waterson sometime around the late fifties or early sixties. At leat I think it was Norma but it could have been Mike. The song first appeared as a poem in a newspaper in or around 1880-1890 commemorating a disaster in the North Sea.

The lovely Rose of Clare is of much more recent vintage and was written,I think, about 20 years ago. The tune was obviously borrowed but the two songs have no other relationship.

George Henderson


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