Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Old Woman of Wexford [Yorkshire] / Marrow Bones / Tipping it Up to Nancy

From Edgar Lee Masters, The Sangamon (1942), recollection of a 1914 visit with John Armstrong in Oakford, Ill. ...
He played the familiar tunes like "Turkey in the Straw" and "Zip Coon" and Miss McCall's Reel," and he played a tune and sang words to it part of which were these:
There was a woman in our town,
In our town did dwell,
She loved her husband dear-i-lee,
But another man twicet as well. (102-103) ... Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music

  • A.L. Lloyd sings Tigery Orum ... Lloyd has a Wikipedia bio
  • Steeleye Span sing Marrowbones ...

The Garland Group have a PDF file and an mp3 of a field recording of a variant from Yorkshire, along with plenty of information on 19th-century ballads - England, Scotland, Ireland and America (also attested in Australia).

A set of lyrics and the melody - in D - in Digital Tradition data base

The Owd Woman From Yorkshire ~ Trad. Arr. casetone2514

Good set of lyrics, backed by uke,

Quilty - "Tipping it Up to Nancy"

The Owd Woman From Yorkshire ~ Trad. Arr. casetone2514

The Old Woman From Wexford - Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem Pete Seeger's TV show Rainbow Quest

Pratie Heads sing "Marrowbones" (Tipping it up to Nancy)

The Reel World from Leeuwarden in The Netherlands performing live at the Schranskerk in Leeuwarden on the 17th of May 2008.

Driftwood - acoustic folk trio from the UK - Tippin it up to Nancy / video

Johnny Sands -

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