Little Musgrave – English Folk Ballad – Nic Jones/Planxty/Doc Watson

This fine old ballad is very popular in Ireland, but is better known from the renditions by Christy Moore and Planxty. Rebel Voice kinda likes this Nic Jones version as Little Musgrave is originally an English song.

The Planxty version is also included for comparison, as is a surprise inclusion from the US which is well worth the listen. Which do you prefer?

This final ballad is by the fine bluegrass musician, Doc Watson. It is an Appalachian version of Little Musgrave and has been renamed Matty Groves. Although many of the lyrics have been slightly changed, if you listen you will hear that they are essentially the same song. It’s interesting to hear how ballads  can change as they move from place to place. Rebel Voice highly recommends this version.

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