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Spoken Literature of Early English Ballads: Read by Kathleen Danson Read

Spoken Literature of Early English Ballads: Read by Kathleen Danson Read

English actress Kathleen Danson Read reads a collection of spoken-word English ballads, originally compiled by Francis James Child in the mid-19th century. Among the ballads is the retelling of the life of the British folklore legend Robin Hood and his “Golden Prize.” The traditional Scottish ballad of “Bonny Barbara Allen,” adapted by many English, Scottish, and American musicians, is also retold by Ms. Read. Transcripts for all tracks are included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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The Three Ravens (Child 26) Kathleen Danson Read 2:17
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Lord Randall (Child No. 12) Kathleen Danson Read 3:05
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Robin Hood's Golden Prize (Child No. 147) Kathleen Danson Read 4:13
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Bonny Barbara Allen (Child No. 84) Kathleen Danson Read 1:59
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Chevy Chase or The Hunting of the Cheviot (Child No. 162) Kathleen Danson Read 9:54
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Sweet William's Ghost (Child No. 74) Kathleen Danson Read 3:31
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The Wife of Usher's Well (Child No. 79) Kathleen Danson Read 2:57
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The Unquiet Grave (Child No. 78) Kathleen Danson Read 1:42
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Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight (Child No. 5) Kathleen Danson Read 2:05
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Our Goodman (Child No. 274) Kathleen Danson Read 4:36
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Get Up and Bar the Door (Child No 275) Kathleen Danson Read 2:01
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The Farmer's Curst Wife (Child No. 278) Kathleen Danson Read 2:12
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St. Stephen and Herod (Child No. 22) Kathleen Danson Read 2:11
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