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Thread #141683   Message #3262564
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
24-Nov-11 - 06:08 AM
Thread Name: Chorus songs for ballad singers
Subject: RE: Chorus songs for ballad singers
My second favourite chorus ballad is Child #7 - Earl Brand, to the melody given in the Northumbrian Minstrelsy. A right old rollicking romp that insists on a right old rollicking rendering, and ripe for great harmonies on the refrains. It always reminds me of the Water Margin for some reason or other... First favourite: Child #19 - King Orfeo, with it's haunting Norn refrain replete with echoes of ancient lore and classical mythology enduring in the vernacular mists. Again a rare old romp ripe for heavenly chorus singing.

Have have a look at Sir Olaf - a merry carol with a suitably bleak narrative & splendid chorus...