Monday, August 02, 2010

Stewball/Skewball/Skewbald including lyrics and music for Memphis Slim's version in D (for dulcimer?)

An old ballad about a famous horse race in 18th-century Ireland that made it (big!) into the African American tradition ...

Background on Wikipedia and Old Town School of Folk Music websites ... and a thorough discussion of Skewbald the horse and several sets of the ballad lyrics - both British and American - on the Thoroughbred Heritage website.

Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon -

Leadbelly - in a call-and-response style

Lehto and Wright, a Jethro Tull-ish sounding folk rock band of Minneapolis, sing the British version


Memphis Slim's and Willie Dixon's version - lyrics and music (in D!) available in Digital Tradition collection

Also: baby-boomer folk revival versions by

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